Offering Tahiyyat Al-Masjid in the place where `Eed Prayer is held

Question 11:  As the places where `Eed Prayer and Salaat-ul-Istisqaa’ (Prayer for rain) are offered become known Masjids (mosques), are fenced, and a part of Muslims’ inviolable endowments. There is a big dispute regarding Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid (two-unit Prayer to honor the mosque) whether it is desirable or forbidden, due to the authentic Hadeeth related by Al-Bukhaaree: The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not offer supererogatory Salaah before or after the `Eed. We wish to refer this issue to his highness Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez ibn Baaz to clarify the matter and explain the soundest opinion of scholars. Should we offer Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid on entering these Masjids (mosques)? What is the ruling if `Eed Prayer was performed in a Masjid where Jumu`ah (Friday) Salaah is performed? We wish you would clarify this and the ruling on offering a supererogatory Salaah in the `Eed Masjid before or after the Salaah. If it is prohibited, is it prohibited for both the Imam and the follower or only for the Imaam? May Allaah preserve you!

Answer: When Muslims offer `Eed Prayer or Salaat-ul-Istisqaa’ outside their residence; it is not permissible for the people who come to the praying place to offer supererogatory Salaah; whether Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid or any other Salaah. This is confirmed by the Hadeeth related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim on the authority of Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them): The Prophet (peace be upon him) came out on the Day of `Eed Al-Fitr and prayed two Raka`ahs without performing any Prayer before or after them. If the `Eed Prayer or Salaat-ul-Istisqaa’ is observed in one of the usual Masjids, there is no harm in offering Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid upon entering the Masjid and no other supererogatory Salaah is required therein... read more here.

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