I know that there are certain norms in Islam that has to be followed while meeting people of the other sex.
Now in situation when you are to decide whom to marry, how do you go on discussing this issue with the opposite sex so that the meeting remain within the norm of Islam?
I feel that because we have been in this relationship which is abhorred by Allah, he will never marry me because he has lost respect for me. Allaah has also forbidden this, meaning marrying her so long as she is in that situation…’” Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Made lawful to you this day are al-tayyibaat [all kinds of halaal (lawful) foods…].
The food of the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them.
A common thing (or so I've heard) that they do (in Egypt specifically) is when the prospective couple meet (with a chaperone) and decide to take the next step, they do nikah.
Within this context, both husband and wife are each other’s protector and comforter, just as real garments “show and conceal” the body of human beings. The Quran continues to discuss the matter of marriage and states, "And among His Signs is this, that he created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your [hearts]…".Muslim marriage and Islamic wedding customs are traditions and practices that relate to wedding ceremonies and marriage rituals prevailing within the Muslim world.Although Islamic marriage customs and relations vary depending on country of origin and government regulations, both Muslim men and women from around the world are guided by Islamic laws and practices specified in the Quran.Different muslim cultures have different rules ('urf) for how separated men and women are to be.Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has commented that he has friends in western Saudi where the wife eats with them and they all know each other, and he has friends from eastern Saudi that he's known for 20 years, and has never met their wife. Still, a male and female are not to be alone together.This community is—theoretically—united in certain beliefs and practices.For example, all Muslims believe there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad acted as Allah’s messenger, and that the Koran is Allah’s recitation.Just as Allaah imposed the condition of chastity on women, meaning that they refrain from zinaa, so it is also imposed on men. So they should be ghayr musaafiheen, meaning they should not be adulterers who do not refrain from sin and do not refuse any who come to them (for immoral purposes).Nor should they be muttakhidhi akhdaan, meaning those who have girlfriends or female lovers with whom they have an exclusive relationship, as quoted above from Soorat al-Nisaa’.The family is meant to be “productive and constructive, helping and encouraging one another to be good and righteous, and competing with one another in good works”. ; and hold not to the ties of marriage of unbelieving women, and ask for what you have spent, and let them ask for what they have spent.In Islam, polygyny is allowed with certain restrictions; polyandry is not. That is Allah's judgment; He judges between you, and Allah is Knowing, Wise.