He was known as Abu Hamdun ad-Dallal. He was one of the well known recitors, and was known for his righteousness and abstinence from worldly pleasures.
He learned to recite from al-Kisa’i and Ya’qub al-Hadrami.
Abu al-‘Abbas Ahmad bin Masruq narrated:
“I heard the recitor Abu Hamdun say: “I prayed at night one time, so I accidentally mispronounced a letter from the Qur’an. I lifted my eyes to see a light in front of me, saying to me: “Between you and Allah is me.”
So, I asked: “And who are you?”
It said: “I am the letter that you mispronounced.”
I said: “I will never do so again.”
So, I continued reciting, and I never mispronounced a letter after that again.””
Abu Muhammad al-Hasan bin ‘Ali bin Sulayh narrated:
“Abu Hamdun at-Tayyib bin Isma’il lost his eyesight, so he had someone leading him into the masjid. When they entered the masjid, his assistant said to him: “Mister, take off your shoes now.”
So, Abu Hamdun asked: “O my son! Why should I take them off?”
He said: “Because there is some impurity on them.”
ٍSo, Abu Hamdun became distressed that he could bring filth from his shoes into the masjid, so, he raised his hands and supplicated, then Allah returned his eyesight to him, and he continued walking.”
Abu ‘Abdullah bin al-Khatib narrated:
“Abu Hamdun had a scroll on which was written the names of 300 of his close friends, and he used to supplicate for them – one by one – every single night. One night, he went to sleep without doing so. So, in his sleep, he heard a voice saying: “O Abu Hamdun, why did you not light your lamps this evening?” So, he woke up, and lit his lamp, and began supplicating for each and every name on the list until he completed it.”
And Abu al-Husayn bin al-Munadi narrated:
“Abu Hamdun at-Tayyib bin Isma’il adh-Dhuhali is from the best of the righteous who is well known for his recitation of the Qur’an. He used to purposely visit the areas where there was a lack of recitors for the people and teach them. When they had memorized from him, he would move on to a different area doing the same. He used to always pay special attention to the outcasts in the community. May Allah have Mercy upon him.”
He narrated hadith from al-Musayyib bin Shurayk, Sufyan bin ‘Uyaynah, and Shu’ayb bin Harb.
[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 1/492-493]