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Some people say that Shia will go to hell and they say that Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) said that out of 73 sects only one sect will go to paradise. Is this true?
Shia Muslims are the real followers of the authentic teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and they will be going with him where ever he goes. The Prophet himself called his most pious followers as Shia of Ali as you see many Sunni books like:1. Shawaahid Al-Tanzeel by al-Hasakaani, V. 2, P. 66.
2. Al-Durr Al-Manthour by al-Siyooti, V.6, P. 379.
3. Yanabee' al-Mawaddah by al-Qandouzi Al-Hanafi, P.62.
4. Al-Manaaqib by al-Khawarizmi , P. 187.
5. Al-Sawa'iq al-Mohriqa by Ibn Hajar , P. 96.
6. Tafseer Al-Tabari, V.3, P. 146.
7. Tathkirat Al-Khawaass by Ibn Al-Jawzi, P.18.
8. Fat-h al-Qadeer by al-Shawkani, V.5, P.477.
and many other Sunni books.
Why do Muslims separate into different sects and identify themselves in sectarian terms when Allah (swt) says not to do so?
Most Muslims who follow a specific sect or ideology do so because they genuinely believe it is the correct one. Since we do not have the Prophet (S) here present with us today to tell us which beliefs and practices are the most authentic, everyone has to do their best to try to discover that. So it is less about making sects and more about following what one thinks is most true.
(Of course, what we consider to be true or authentic is strongly influenced by the ideas we live around or grow up around, the ones that are shared by people around us, etc. However, the sincerity is usually there.)
For that reason, it isn't possible to impose one view of what Islam "is" on all Muslims and expect them all to agree on it. There are some areas today where we just have to agree to disagree.
Of course, in some cases, sectarianism may also be due to other factors such as politics, national identity, racial factors, or personal agendas, as well as the influence of Shaytan, and this sort of thing would be condemned.
Where did the confusion of praying with hands open and hands closed arise? Why did different sects have different interpretations of praying postures?
It is because of different ahadith.
The position of the hand in prayer may not be very important, but a scholar must determine who he should refer to after the demise of Prophet to receive the his Sunnah, and he should know that who is his Ulolamr. Should he refer to the Ahl al-Bayt or he can refer to the companions of the Prophet, even though some of them, they don't know deeply about Islam?
The followers of Ahlulbeit are called Shia and the followers of companions are called Sonni.
Is this an authentic Hadith from the Prophet (pbuh) that says that the Ummah will be divided into 73 groups and only one group will enter paradise, those who follow the Jama'ah of the Muslims?
The Hadeeth which is narrated in Shia and Sunni books is (My Ummah will be divided in to seventy three sects). The additional words which you quoted are not authentic. Obviously, the followers of the Quran and the Progeny of the Prophet (SAWA) will be saved because they are the real followers of the Prophet (SAWA).