[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:] 27 Shahrivar 1334 [19 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 274

 

Letter from Hojjatol-Eslam, Aqa Sheikh Taghi Islami

Pepsi Cola or Beverage that is Promoted by the Baha’is in Iran!!

The advertisements for Pepsi Cola, carried out by Sabet Pasal, the representative of the Baha’i sect in Tehran, have been unique. All members and employees of the Pepsi Cola factory are Baha’is; therefore, since Pepsi-Cola is a liquid, certainly from the religious point of view it is impure and it is obligatory for every Muslim to avoid drinking it or even touching its glass bottles, which have been contaminated by the hands of Baha’i employees.

In addition, according to experts, this liquid is mixed with some alcohol, the drinking of which is prohibited in Islam.