Yet, things like physical connections outside of marriage, 'experimenting' or having a 'fling' don't exist in Islamic ethics.
Things like self-preservation, discipline and protection, do.
His laws on interaction and dignity are priority throughout. There is no engagement in Islamic law, as understood by popular culture.
But I notice differences in our culture and want to know what I should about our differences... I've read a lot of crazy things on the internet and I'm sure he can't be that bad...
Thanks for all your answers - this has really been educational. He seems to not practice his religion really at all but I hope I'm not being tricked into being a fling while he has an arranged marriage or a desire to marry a Muslim girl back home (after reading your answers now I'm worried).
All this while though there is still no secret balcony meeting or physical contact allowed which is why the Nikah (Islamic marriage) needs to be performed first.
It's cultural customs that prolong or cut-short engagement periods. Part 1: Lastly, the couple get married by verbally accepting and signing a contract stating that they are a committed wife and husband in God's name and with His blessings.