[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:] Zelzeleh

[Date:] 17 Mehr 1334 [10 October 1955]

[Issue No.:] 277

 

Listen to the miracles of Pepsi Cola or a souvenir of Akka from the mouth of a Baha’i, Habib Sabet. Habib Sabet, is the owner of the Pepsi Cola factory and the head of the Baha’is, who recommends to the drug-addicted opium users, as well as the alcoholics to …drink Pepsi Cola to get more joy from your opium, …drink Pepsi Cola to better become high from the drug you are using, …drink Pepsi Cola to sooner become drunk, happy and to destroy your minds.

Since Pepsi Cola is a replacement for drugs and opium, and a substitute for alcohol and wine, Habib Sabet advises the youth to drink Pepsi Cola to become addicted and slowly lose your precious health. Drink Pepsi Cola to forget the meaning of sport and forget the path to the sport centres and gymnasiums.

Drink Pepsi Cola so that you, too, will become famous like the opium addicts, and [they will] prepare for you a place like Mehran Garden and become the amusement topic of people and reporter’s subject…

Drink Pepsi Cola so that Baha’is will repair their Haziratu’l-Quds, and through Pepsi Cola’s benefit build new centres of corruption in addition to the Haziratu’l-Quds, [illegible] and, when defeated, seek asylum in theses shelters.

Drink Pepsi Cola, so that the Baha’is do not say or cry out loud and complain to the Organization [SAVAK] that minorities do not have security in Iran (although they are not a religious minority and, according to the Muslims, this perverse sect is like the smashed glass and has not been influenced by the fragrances of religiosity and faith). But so far, Shoghi Effendi has played his role perfectly and to a certain degree has saved them from the Muslims and has organized this infamous sect.

Since Pepsi Cola is prepared by the Baha’is and is made out of liquids, and itself is also a form of liquid, also, because it is mixed with cocaine and alcohol and other special chemicals, it causes dangerous diseases of ulcer (stomach wound) and cancer. 

O dear readers! O honourable co-religionists! O dear Iranians! Know for a certainty that the editorial staff of this newspaper has no intention or personal enmity for writing these articles except protecting your health and neutralizing the actions of the adversaries of the illuminated religion of Islam. We swear by the Almighty God that the writers of such a series of articles neither know Habib Sabet, nor have seen his despicable figure. Whatever we write is far from sophistry and fallacy…