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


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Thursday, 31 Khordad 1358 [21 June 1979]

[Issue No.:] 15885

[Page:] 11


Imam’s Opinion: Consumption of Soft Drinks Is Not Prohibited by Sharia Law

Qom – Pars News: … The contents of an enquiry letter and its response [from Khomeini] is as follows:


30 Khordad 1358 [20 June 1979]

To the blessed presence of Grand Ayatollah Imam Khomeini, may his blessings continue. 

Offering greetings, the following enquiry is respectfully presented: What is Your Excellency’s view on the companies producing Pepsi Cola, Schweppes, Seven-Up and Oso—which own twelve factories in various towns and cities—and used to belong to the Sabet Group but whose shares have currently been transferred to the Mostazafin Foundation[1]?


Following is the Imam’s response:

In the Name of God!

At this time, when the supply of such products by the above-mentioned factories are in demand and are to be used for assistance to the destitute, their consumption is permissible. 


Ruhollah al-Musavi al-Khomeini

[Date:] 25 Rajab 1399 [20 June 1979]




[1] Described as a charitable foundation by the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is controlled by the country's supreme religious leader.