[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:] Khorasan

[Date:] 12 Dey 1334 [3 January 1956]

[Issue No.:] 2173

 

Pepsi Cola Banned in Qom

According to the information received, preachers and religious leaders who reside in Qom have been tasked to criticize from their pulpits and in their meetings the Pepsi Cola beverage and ask people to avoid drinking it. The cafes and restaurants in Qom have been warned to stop procuring Pepsi Cola, inasmuch as the Muslim people of Qom were no longer going to buy and consume it.

It is heard that Qom’s religious authorities have forbidden the drinking of Pepsi Cola, however, there is no mention of banning Coca Cola, which is an American beverage.

Reportedly, Pepsi Cola is now sold in some areas in the black market, and, like alcoholic beverages, it is consumed secretly. The reason for banning Pepsi Cola is that its company is owned by one of the religious minorities.