Praise be to Allaah.
The Sunnah for the one who comes to the Eid
prayer-place to pray the Eid prayers or to offer prayers for rain, is
to sit down and not pray Tahiyyat al-Masjid (two rak’ahs to greet
the mosque), because it is not narrated that the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or his companions did that,
as far as we know. But if the prayer is being held in a mosque, then
he should pray Tahiyyat al-Masjid, because of the general applicability
of the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “When any one of you enters the
mosque, let him not sit down until he has prayed two rak’ahs.” (Saheeh,
What is prescribed for the one who sits
down to await the Eid prayer is to recite a lot of Tahleel (saying
Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah) and Takbeer (saying Allaahu
akbar), because these are the slogans of this day, and this is the Sunnah for all of those who are inside the mosque or outside of it, until the khutbah is over. If a person busies himself with reading Qur’aan, this is also OK. And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Kitaab Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li Samaahat al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, vol. 13, p. 13