"Moreover, thou shouldst know that the appearance of the Alif from the Point was not caused, but the Point overflowed with it. Thus was the primal Alif not traced by the pen, nor was it dependent upon it, but sprung from the outward urge of the Point in its principial centre.... The Alif is a symbol of the One who Alone is, of Him whose Being no being precedeth."In other words, the Alif signals the appearance of the first dimension, out of a reality of no dimension, and in this mono-dimensional reality it resides entirely alone, as anything other than a straight line has moved to a two-dimensional plane of reality. Can anything be said, let alone shown, about what came before, this unimaginable zero-dimensional Point?