What is the ruling for granting a monetary prize and an award of merit to a person who insults and vilifies prophet Mohammed [pbuh] and Islam? In his published books he:
- describes Islam as a lie;
- portrays prophet Mohammed as a fabricator;
- claims that Abu Talib fabricated the revelation and Mohammed's prophethood to seize the leadership of Quraish and Mecca from the Umayyads;
- claims that Abu Talib sought help from the Jews to propagate Mohammed's prophethood.
Is it permissible for the [prize award] committee to honor such a person by offering him an award of merit and a monetary prize from the Muslim funds which will ultimately elevate his status and promulgate his ideas among the masses? And if this is impermissible, who is to pay back the prize money that was squandered from public funds?
[Please note that] the committee is aware of the contents of his books.