[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Nahib-e Azadi

[Date:] 6 Tir 1358 [27 June 1979]

[Issue No.:] 534

 

Why Do You Take Advantage of the Name of the Imam?

We read an important [piece of] news in the bold letters of a newspaper heading in [this] way:

“Drinking non-alcoholic beverages is permissible!”  We ponder: “Did we ever doubt [the permissibility] of drinking beverages like Dough [diluted yogourt drink], Sekanjabin [a sugar-vinegar drink] and Behlimoo [lemonade] that now we should obtain permission and a permit for drinking them? 

Hence, we show curiosity and we read the entire text, and realise that those who are selling water and generally offer it as a “gift” to people, as an excuse for wiping out the Baha’is, are taking advantage of the name and the letter of Imam Khomeini for their financial benefit.  And this is the text of the news:

The manufacturers of Pepsi-Cola[1], Schweppes, Bubble-Up and O-So, by sending a letter to Imam Khomeini, asked his opinion about these [types] of products. The letter and its response are reflected as follows:

30 Khordad 1358 [20 June 1979]

To the blessed presence of His Holiness the great Ayatollah, Imam Khomeini, may God continue blessing him,

After greetings, we respectfully convey the following:

The manufacturing companies of Pepsi Cola, Schweppes, Bubble Up and O-So, which own twelve factories in different cities, had previously belonged to [Mr.] Sabet’s group, but presently the shares of the most of the aforementioned group are in the hands of the Mostazafan Foundation [of the Islamic Revolution]. What is Your Honour’s opinion about this?

 

In the Name of God

At this time, when these kinds of products are used for the salvation of the downtrodden, their use is permissible.

Rouhollah Al-Mousavi Al- Khomeini

25 Rajab 1399 [21 June 1979]

Thousands of bravos to the composition of the Imam’s response, which has certainly discovered the financial wisdom of the owners of these companies and by using the phrase “these kinds of products” has granted permission for the use of various other products and the products of other companies. Otherwise, it is obvious that the owners of these companies have, in fact, tried to denigrate the drinking of, for instance, “Coke” and “Seven-Up”.

 

 

 

 

 

[1] Drinking soft drinks such as Pepsi Cola and O-so, were sanctioned by the Muslim clergy during the Pahlavi regime, since the owner of the company was a Baha’i by the name of Sabet Pasal, and also as a manifest opposition to the Western reforms that had been initiated by the Shah of Iran.