[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:] Neday-e Hagh
[Date:] 22 Khordad 1334 [13 June 1955]
[Issue No.:] 37
From Qom – Ali Davani
What If Muslims Do Not Drink Pepsi Cola? At Least Avoid Helping the Perverted [Baha’i] Sect
….. Like the struggle against the Baha’is two years ago, which, although the matter was very clear and Ayatollah Borujerdi himself had decided to finish the Baha’is by awakening the Muslims, some still believe that it was a political issue(!). Even today, if we say that Pepsi-Cola is an instrument which was established to strengthen the Baha’i party and defeat the capital of the Muslims, and since the head, the subordinates and its manufacturer are Baha’i, and its [religious] purity is a problem, again, one asks how is it known that it belongs to the Baha’is? And another one says Ayatollah Borujerdi has said, “I will not drink it; therefore, Muslims must not drink it either!” And the third one says, “As long as he has not issued a written ban, I will not give up drinking it.” …
For if Muslims make an effort and refrain from drinking and buying and selling Pepsi Cola in any city, the Pepsi Cola shop will certainly be closed, and Baha’is will no longer be organized like this.
[poem: “Everyone complains of others, But Sa’di laments his own self”]
Pepsi Cola is consumed in most Islamic countries; as far as we know, the only representative of Pepsi Cola who is a Baha’i is the one in Iran. The subject of our speech is the Pepsi Cola that is made in Iran; so let no one ask why the [Islamic] scholars of the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala did not prevent it from being bought and sold in Iraq. However, I have heard from some weak Muslims who are not willing to give up easily the small profits they make by selling it, that, “If Ayatollah Borujerdi openly imposes sanctions, we will refuse [to buy and sell] it.”
Now, in order to remove any excuse and finish the argument, I will explain that according to the testimony of the pages of Neday-e Hagh Newspaper, since the Pepsi Cola factory has been working, several articles on this subject have been published in this religious letter. In all those articles, Pepsi Cola was considered the property of a Baha’i and people were forbidden to buy, sell or drink it. And the officials of Pepsi Cola, even though they have realized this to some extent, and despite the fact that they spend millions of rials on advertising it with charming tricks, never once denied its attribution to the Baha’is during this period; that is the best proof that they are Baha’is. Given this meaning and the fact that Ayatollah Borujerdi has banned trading with the Baha’is, it is no longer appropriate for a Muslim to say, “If Ayatollah Borujerdi says that Pepsi Cola is forbidden, I will not drink it, and certainly this excuse is worse than a sin, and its narrator has taken the religion of God as a joke.”
In short, such people mean to escape from religious responsibility; otherwise, if someone has a little trace of love of religion [Islam], with these warnings, he should know his duty and inform others so that he does not weaken the religion of God by his actions and does not strengthen the enemies of Imam al-Zaman [Imam of the Time] .