A NOTE BY THE TRANSLATORS

Apart from the intrinsic difficulty of the subject matter of this unusual presentation of the ethical problem, the translators had to work from a very inadequately recorded version of the subject. The meaning of the text, therefore, is not always clear. Nevertheless, the fascination of the theoretical frame -- set forth here in very slender outline -- will attract many of those who combine a deep interest in ethical theory (theistic, Islamic) with a keen desire to see ethics made an authentic part of the everyday life of man. Especially modern man's search for a theoretical anchor is now combined with a passion for the improvement of man's relationship with God and his fellowmen, which makes the presentation attractive, worthwhile and worth preserving. Those who want to pursue the subject will obviously have to turn to the revered speaker's other works, at least the two mentioned by himself, namely, Irfan-i-Ilahi and Najat (unfortunately available only in Urdu).

WAY OF THE SEEKERS was first published in Urdu in 1926, and was re-issued in 1956, being the text of a speech delivered at the Annual Conference of the Ahmadiyya Community on December 27 and 28, 1925 by Hazrat Khalifatul Masih II. This is an English translation of the original speech by Qazi Muhammad Aslam, M. A. and Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, M. A.

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