Imam Ahmed Raza's First Lecture:
Sayyiduna Ala Hazrat delivered his first lecture at the age of 6 years. It was during the glorious month of Rabiul Awwal. Ala Hazrat stood on the Mimbar (Pulpit) and delivered the lecture before a very large gathering, which also consisted of various Ulama. His lecture lasted for approximately 2 hours. Ala Hazrat spoke on the Wilaadat (birth) of Sayyiduna Rasulallah (Swallallahu Alayhi Wasallam).
He brightened the hearts of the listeners with the love of Sayyiduna Rasulallah (Swallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). The people listening were thoroughly impressed by the maturity and eloquence of this lecture, which was being delivered by a 6 year old child!
His Intelligence As A Child:
Ala Hazrat was so gifted and intelligent that there was no need for him to study beyond the fourth Kitaab of his course under the tutorship of any of his teachers. He studied the remaining Kitaabs by himself and used to later ask his teachers to test him.
Once, his teacher asked him, "Mia! Are you a Jinn or a human being? It takes me much time to teach a lesson, but it does not take you much time to learn the same lesson."
Ala Hazrat answered, "Praise be to Allah that I am a human."
At the age of 10, when he was studying the Kitaab, "I'lm-us-Thuboot," under the guidance of his father, he noticed a few objections and answers of his father on the side of the page. Ala Hazrat studied this book carefully and wrote such a well- explained footnote that even the need for an objection was ruled out.
His father came across his research on that objection. He was so delighted that he stood up, held the young Ala Hazrat to his heart and said, "Ahmad Raza! You do not learn from me, but you teach me."