[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]
[Date:] Thursday, 31 Khordad 1358 [21 June 1979]
[Issue No.:] 15885
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?
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]
 Described as a charitable foundation by the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is controlled by the country's supreme religious leader.