Q: As the places where `Eid Prayer and Salat-ul-Istisqa' (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 Hadith related by
The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not offer supererogatory Salah before or after the `Eid. We wish to refer this issue to his highness Shaykh
`Abdul-`Aziz ibn Baz
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 `Eid Prayer was performed in a Masjid where Jumu`ah (Friday) Salah is performed? We wish you would clarify this and the ruling on offering a supererogatory Salah in the `Eid Masjid before or after the Salah. If it is prohibited, is it prohibited for both the Imam and the follower or only for the Imam? May Allah preserve you.
When Muslims offer `Eid Prayer or Salat-ul-Istisqa' outside their residence; it is not permissible for the people who come to the praying place to offer supererogatory Salah; whether Tahiyyat-ul-Masjid or any other Salah. This is confirmed by the Hadith related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them):
The Prophet (peace be upon him) came out on the Day of `Eid Al-Fitr and prayed two Raka`ahs without performing any Prayer before or after them.
(Part No. 8; Page No. 305) If the `Eid Prayer or Salat-ul-Istisqa' 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 Salah is required therein.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.