The conventional use of nothing implies a “lack of existence”, however, I wish to challenge the conventional use by giving the actual understanding of the term as it should be perceived. Nothing should be distinguished between the true meaning of something and everything. Both the latter words convey the meaning of “that which is” either in a limited sense or to imply “all that is”, however both terms are confined to our conception of “what is”. We cannot adequately convey the totality of reality with the word of “thing”. Even in attempting to imply all of existence we are actually forming an incoherent concept based on our limited perception. To say “thing”, even in the most general sense, is to suggest that there is some conformity between the objects we understand to full degree and the Absolute Reality. While there is some connection, to imply that “thing” can be applied to Allah is blasphemy at its finest, for the Absolute is not a “thing” in any sense of the term.
Given this, we must understand “nothing” as No-Thing, as the Absolute which is beyond what we think of when we say “thing”. We must understand Allah as Nothing: the very transcendence beyond our perception. We must understand that to imply there is such a thing as a “total lack of existence” is incoherent and nonsensical because there is only existence. When we understand something as lacking some manifestation what we really should mean to say is that it has a lower form of existence or that the essential character of the object in our minds has merely changed identity. This does not argue that somehow everything has always existed. By far this is not the case as there is a creation, but that creation once “existed” within the Knowledge of Allah, which is unified with Him. It was not as it was now. It was merely not and then became.
All that is, was once Nothing. From Allah we came…and to Him shall we return.