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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

[Date:] 10 Khordad 1393 [31 May 2014]

 

Managing Director of the Promised Mahdi Foundation of Fars:

Completing the Specialized College of Mahdism in Shiraz Requires the Help of the People

Shiraz – IRNA – The managing director of the Fars Cultural Foundation of the Promised Mahdi said, “Completing the first specialized Mahdism faculty in the world in Shiraz requires the cooperation and participation of people and charities.”

According to IRNA, Hojatoleslam Ali-Reza Hadaegh told reporters on Saturday, referring to the construction of the world’s first specialized college of Mahdism in Shiraz, “The construction of this college started last year in the endowed land of the Lord of the Age with 15,000 square metres of infrastructure.”

He added, “This college will be constructed in 11 storeys, including seven floors of educational space, two Mahdieh halls, and two parking floors, with capacity for 700 students. Currently, the five-storey steel structure of this college has been built with the support of the people.”

Pointing out that financial assistance from the government for the construction of this college [is not expected], Hadaegh said, “The construction cost of this college is estimated at 15,000,000,000 tomans, of which 1,700,000,000 tomans have so far been received through public aid for this college.”

Saying that the establishment of this college in the City of Shiraz is a necessity and the perverse Baha’i sect has a special [attachment] to the City of Shiraz, and [hopes to see] harm being done in this regard, he continued, “In order to preserve and expand the lofty position of Mahdism, we try our best, and most deservedly [so].