Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood al-Hasan Gangohi (ra) once said,
There is an astonishing connection in the years of the Deaths of Shah Abd Al-‘Aziz [Dehlawi] Sahib (ra), Shaykh al-Hind (ra), Shah Isma’eel Shahid (ra), Hadhrat [Maulana Khalil Ahmad] Saharanpuri (ra), ‘Allamah [Ibn ‘Abideen] Shaami (ra) and ‘Allamah [Anwar Shah] Kashmiri (ra).
Shah ‘Abd al-Aziz (ra) passed away in 1239 AH. He had a strong desire for Jihad. He sent Hadhrat Maulana Sayyad Ahmad sahib (ra) and Maulana Isma’eel Shahid (ra) for jihad. Hadhrat Shaykh al-Hind’s (ra) death was one century later, in 1339 AH. He also had a strong desire for Jihad. He sent Maulana [Husain Ahmad] Madni (ra) to one place and sent others to other places [in the struggle against the British Colonialists].
Hadhrat Maulana Isma’eel Shahid passed away in 1246 AH. He took on the Rawafidh (Shi’ahs) and the innovators. They were all extremely frightened of him. Hadhrat Maulana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri passed away exactly one hundred years later in 1346 AH. He also cut off the roots of innovation. He wrote Baraheen-e-Qaati’ah [in refutation of innovations] which caused an outcry.
‘Allamah Ibn ‘Abideen Shaami (ra), who was a Muhaqqiq, Mudaqqiq (inquirer, research scholar) and a person of exhaustive knowledge, passed away in 1252 AH. One century later, in 1352 AH, was the death of ‘Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri (ra), who holds an exalted position among the ‘Ulama (scholars)..
Malfuzat Faqeeh al-Ummat, Dar al-Huda, Volume 3, Pages 280-281