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

 

[Newspaper:] Zelzeleh

[Date:] 27 Shahrivar 1334 [19 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 274

 

His Holiness, the Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi, Has Said That Drinking Pepsi Cola is Forbidden

According to the reports from Qom, a few Iranian Muslims who have been honoured to reach the presence of His Holiness, the Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi, after briefing him about the building of the Pepsi Cola [factory] by a group of faithless Baha’is and [reporting] that this drink is combined with deadly substances and alcohol, requested that he issue an appropriate decree. His Holiness the Ayatollah has said, “Drinking Pepsi Cola is a sin [forbidden] and touching it is absolutely [immoral]”.

Zelzeleh - According to the above-mentioned statement, whoever drinks Pepsi Cola has not only harmed his own body but has also behaved against the religion of Islam and has not paid attention to the emphatic orders of His Holiness, the Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi.

We will publish, in the upcoming issue, the very verdict of His Holiness Ayatollah Borujerdi, which is presently in the hands of one of the true Muslims.