It has been observed that a promise is a pride that breeds fear. How can you promise anything when man proposes and God disposes? And then by promising, you're scared and you're not doing your job well. Don't promise anything, warn me it might not work. If you get rid of pride, you get rid of fear.
Ritual is the service of love. The joy and meaning of Hajj is not in reaching Mecca, but in moving towards it. The longer and heavier the Hajj, the more joyful and effective it is. The best Hajj is a Hajj that lasts a lifetime. The aim of the Hajj is not to reach the Kaaba, but to move towards and around it.
The essence of circumcision is that it just seems that to remove the excess it's painful and scary, but really, not painful, and even useful. Pruned tree grows better, getting rid of excess, you get the right.
Prophet Muhammad said you can't do things you can't do all the time. You can't lie in the first place, because a lie is an illusion, and it always inevitably crashes into reality. Trying to do it without knowing how, you're lying.
Like a mantra, repeat to yourself a million times, the idea that you must do by law. Soperezhivat this idea and justifying that it is good and right, and you can not break and life-threatening. Useful initial thoughts. No Smoking. No drinking. Sweet impossible. Don't talk, don't be lazy, don't be angry. This is Haram and this is Haram.
The strength of a Muslim is in restraint to Vice. Holding back all their vices, righteous Muslim uses all the released energy and time to the service of truth, and so become believers. Faith is the power that moves mountains and works wonders.
The problem with Islam is that true Muslims are very strong and worthy, and false Muslims are weak. All this leads to the stratification of society, depriving it of monolithic unity, turning some into masters, others into slaves. It is extremely dangerous to be a fake Muslim, Shaytan does not spare such. Christianity, for example, false Christians comforting, infinitely forgiving their sins.