The renowned Kuwaiti comedian and actor Abdulhussein Abdulredha passed away this week. The reaction to the death of such a beloved figure in the Gulf region was overwhelming and tinged with great sadness.

At least such was the case until a few Twitter users claimed that it was forbidden in Islam to ask for mercy for any Shia because they are Rawafid, meaning that they have rejected the faith of the majority Sunni, echoing the sentiments of many religious figures who feed off sectarian hatred to achieve fame and notoriety.

There were a few posts from known religious activists that said the same thing in one form or another, pushing the idea that asking for prayers for a Shia is forbidden.

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