The term Islamic revolution has been coined in this
age and probably it was the reaction of the downfall of Muslim empires. We do
not find any trace of this term in the early days of Islam. The mission and
basic concern of all the prophets were to show humanity the right path and guide
them how to attain eternal success. As far as this mission and purpose is
concerned the last Prophet Muhammad (sws) also is no exception.
I no doubt agree to the crux of your comments but I would
surely like to add the following.
Democratic way has nothing unislamic in it. The political
system of Islam revolves round the shūrā (consultation body); and shūra may take
on styles and patterns depending upon the socio-cultural and geographical
aspects of a Muslim community.
Nowadays elections and other related means are nothing but
to elicit the opinion of the majority and majority has the authority to rule.
The duty of religious parties as well as other political
parties is simply to present their manifesto before the masses and the rest is
up to the latter; these parties should avoid and shun all unfair means for
mustering support for their stance.
Mind making and Islamic training of the masses is another
thing and no doubt it should be the first step. The practical way for these
political parties is to form a separate preaching wing for the purpose and this
wing should continue its struggle regardless of what happens on the political
You are right that ‘public acceptance’ is no criterion for
doing a virtue or preaching what is good. We will only be asked by the Almighty
whether we did what we could. Our duty begins with sincere struggle and ends
with it. The rest is up to the addressees and they will be asked about the
message they received. We should move towards right objectives in the
appropriate manner. If sincere struggles bear no fruit we should remain content
that we have done our duty. And God will accept the same from us, inshā Allāh.