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


[Newspaper:] Farman

[Date:] 29 Farvardin 1334 [19 April 1955]

[Issue No.:] 1342


Winking to the Colleagues

The Fatwa [Religious Decree] That Was Forged, Using the Words of Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi

…I do not know what happened to this dear colleague that he decided to put forth a piece of false news in this blessed month of Ramadan, which said, “By a fatwa of the ayatollah, Pepsi Cola is prohibited, since its owner is a Baha’i.” First of all, the ayatollah’s position is higher than issuing such fatwas. Secondly, if only being Baha’i is the cause of prohibition of a particular commodity, Pepsi Cola is not the commodity produced by the Baha’is. Even other sects that do not have a Divine Book, produce many edible products, import them to Iran and make the people of this land, even the boss, consume them. So every day there should be a list [published] in the newspapers about the fatwas and commodity sanctions.

The funniest part is that Pepsi Cola and the like are being produced by machines without the intervention of human hand. How come the strong, homemade rum, produced by the dirty [untouchable] hands of the Jewish people, is pure and clean for people’s consumption and no one would think of imposing a fatwa for it, but they create a fatwa about Pepsi Cola?…