U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp on Thursday gave mosque supporters until Aug. 15 to complete construction for its occupancy in Rutherford County.
Opponents have spent two years trying to halt construction of the mosque for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Last week, a federal judge ruled the congregation has a right to worship there as soon as the building is ready.
The 12,000-square-foot mosque will replace a smaller one that’s been used for 30 years.
Opposition to the new mosque has included a lawsuit, a large rally, vandalism, arson and a bomb threat.
About another week of work on the mosque is needed, including connections for water and power.
Islamic center leaders say they have outgrown their current space in an office park. There are about 250 families who use the current 2,100-square-foot building, along with about 400 Muslim students from Middle Tennessee State University.
Construction has been held up because a state judge ruled that the county gave inadequate public notice before a site plan was approved. Last week, federal prosecutors publicly sided with mosque supporters.