According to an ISCA report, the essence of the message is as follows:
In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
O Conqueror of hearts and sight
O Planner of night and day
O Transformer of power and circumstances
Change our condition to the best of conditions!
I would like to offer my best wishes on the occasion of Nowruz 1396 (Solar Hijri year) and the beautiful advent of a new spring, which represents God’s eternal power and revitalization of nature, to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, the honorable heads and members of the IAU boards of trustees and directors, and to the great extended family of the Islamic Azad University, esteemed faculty and colleagues, students and their families.
Last year, the passing away of an old comrade of the late Imam Khomeini and the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, a mujahid cleric, and the late IAU principal founder and trustee, Ayatollah Rafsanjani, on Sunday January 08, 2016, brought great sorrow to us all.
My heart's desire was that I never be without the Friend
What can be done, as my efforts and those of my heart were in vain
Much I wandered, asking the cause of the pain of separation
On this, the Mufti of wisdom was devoid of judgment
In the difficult days of the Iran–Iraq War and after Imam Khomeini’s approval and the support of Iranian people, Ayatollah Rafsanjani launched the IAU; its high academic standards, accomplishments, balanced development and international outreach, are the brainchild and fruit of his efforts. He was not only the spiritual father of the university, but also a man of forethought, an erudite rationalist and moderate theorist.
After the passage of thirty five springs from its date of inception, IAU is still responsible for a massive share of the country’s higher education and its cultural and educational development.
The way the university has developed knowledge-based companies and nurtured entrepreneurs, marketed their products, and also progressed quantitatively by taking the rank of 158 in global academic output in 2016 and coming out on top of Iranian universities based on the ESI report show that the IAU will continue to be an effective force in the society, economy, cultural affairs and sports in future. I thank all the IAU family for their compassion and commitment in raising the university to this proud position.
I am thankful to God for this opportunity to serve - and wish a happy and joyful year for you and hope that the Islamic Azad University surges forward in developing our great Islamic nation and its goals.
Dr. Hamid Mirzadeh