[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:] 22 Aban 1334 [14 November 1955]
[Issue No.:] 283
Do Not Drink Pepsi Cola
The esteemed, truthful and combatant Director of Zelzeleh [Newspaper];
How fortunate it is that there are people like you in this country, who disclose for the people the true nature of many things that they are not familiar with and aware of. A very important and significant topic that you have, for some time, with your eloquent pen, tried to disclose is exposing the faces of demagogues and Baha’is such Sabet Pasal, who, in retaliation against Muslims, makes them drink the forbidden Pepsi Cola beverage. [Your action] is highly valued and appreciated in religious and scientific circles. Since you started this courageous [work], people have realized the evils of this mysterious liquid and a general reduction in buying it has occurred.
Each time I read the weighty and truthful newspaper of Zelzeleh, a new spirit is created within me.
When I see that the fighting manager writes openly about the crimes and demagoguery of these impure people, I get a lot of pleasure. Since I consider myself a Muslim and follow my religious beliefs, it is certain to me that when other Muslims read the contents of that noble newspaper, they will certainly be affected with the same sentiments that affect me.
These anonymous demagogues are known to all Iranians as mysterious and dangerous people, because it is more famous than the infidelity of the devil that the heretical Babi and Baha’i sects were first created by the Russian government in order to destabilize the internal situation in Iran, and that they taught their education and the knowledge of God and prophethood to this prophet of Shiraz and Mirza Khoda of Mazandaran. …
Then the Russian government stepped forward and annexed their organization to the intelligence service and supported them. All the people of Iran are well aware of the crimes and betrayals of this political party. Mr. Sabet Pasal, who wants to shape the hearts of the Muslim people of Iran by convening meetings and activities today, should know that, as long as the Quran is in the possession of the Muslim people, they will not be deceived by appearances and demagoguery , and if the will of the children of Islam is to destroy people like you, Mr. Sabet Pasal, it will not take long.
Fortunately, despite the wish of these traitors and atheists, a delegation was formed by the commander of the Military Governorate for the occasion of celebrating the blessed birth of His Holiness Mohammad, in the former location of the Hazirat’ul-Quds. It is hoped that such a celebration will be held again on the occasion of the birthday of His Holiness the Twelfth Imam (PBUH) in the same place, so that a dagger will be stabbed in the heart of these few and unworthy people and they will understand that this land belongs to the devotees and lovers of the Imam of the Time, and it is not a place for the followers of the Bab and Mirza Hossein-Ali, the Baha, and their ignorant and misguided followers.
In conclusion, I would like to ask God Almighty for the increasing success of the publication of Mr. Pour Etezadi in the service of the homeland under the protecting shadow of the Imam of the Time (PBUH).
Mohammad Hassan Tavassoli
18 Aban 1334 [10 November 1955]