It is my interpretation from the Koran that all people have equal rights. That means men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims too, and in a society where all people have equal rights, that means all people should make decisions equally. ... This doesn't mean that we're changing God's law, It just means we're reinterpreting laws according to the development of science — and the realities of the times.
As quoted from interviews in Tehran (June 2000), published in Sacred Rage (2001) by Robin Wright, p.280
The Exploitation of Religion Must Be Opposed.Yousef Saanei
Unfortunately, the source of all this conflict between the Sunnis and Shia is some major powers that do not want religious unity amongst Muslims.Yousef Saanei
Undue enmity with enemies does not serve the interests of the system. Enemies must be dealt with wisely and prudently.Yousef Saanei
The leaders of the Pahlavi regime, in an attempt to forestall the rising tide of the Islamic revolutionary movement, were hard at work to cast doubt on the question of the Imam Khomeini's position as a Marja'a (a top religious authority) and in this way, undermine public faith in his academic, political and religious competence.Yousef Saanei