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Muhammad Asad   
a good many of those of olden times
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
˹They will be˺ a multitude from earlier generations
Safi Kaskas   
They are a large group of the earlier generations

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Arabic   
‏ثُلَّةٌۭ مِّنَ ٱلْأَوَّلِينَ ‎
Transliteration (2021)   
thullatun mina l-awalīn
Word for Word
Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
  
A company of the former (people),

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad   
a good many of those of olden times
M. M. Pickthall   
A multitude of those of ol
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)   
A number of people from those of old
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
˹They will be˺ a multitude from earlier generations
Safi Kaskas   
They are a large group of the earlier generations
Wahiduddin Khan   
a large group of the early believers
Shakir   
A numerous company from among the first
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar   
A throng of the ancient ones
T.B.Irving   
a multitude from early men
Abdul Hye   
A most of them will be from the first generations (who embraced Islam)
The Study Quran   
many from those of old
Dr. Kamal Omar   
a major portion from the initial ones
M. Farook Malik   
Most of them will be from the forme
Talal A. Itani (new translation)   
A throng from the ancients
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali   
A throng of the earliest (people)
Muhammad Sarwar   
Many of them will be from the ancient peopl
Muhammad Taqi Usmani   
many from the first generations
Shabbir Ahmed   
A good many of those who led in goodness
Dr. Munir Munshey   
Many (of the foremost would be) from the earlier (generations)
Syed Vickar Ahamed   
A number of people from those of the old
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)   
A [large] company of the former people
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)   
Many from the first generations
Abdel Haleem   
many from the pas
Abdul Majid Daryabadi   
A multitude from the ancients
Ahmed Ali   
A number of the earlier peoples
Aisha Bewley   
A large group of the earlier people
Ali Ünal   
A good many of them are from among the first (to have embraced God’s Religion)
Ali Quli Qara'i   
A multitude from the former [generations]
Hamid S. Aziz   
A multitude of those of old
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad   
A large number of the earlier one
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)   
A number of people from those of the past
Musharraf Hussain   
Many from the earlier generations,
Maududi   
A throng of the ancients
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)   
Many from the first generations.
Mohammad Shafi   
Many from the earlier people

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)   
A group from among the former ones.
Rashad Khalifa   
Many from the first generations.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah   
a host of the ancient
Maulana Muhammad Ali   
A multitude from among the first
Muhammad Ahmed & Samira   
A group from the first/beginners
Bijan Moeinian   
Most of them will be from those who responded to the God’s call earlier
Faridul Haque   
A large group from the earlier generations
Sher Ali   
A large party from among the first believers
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri   
A large group (of those drawn near) will be from the earlier people
Amatul Rahman Omar   
A large party of them (will hail) from the early (believers)
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali   
A multitude of those (foremost) will be from the first generations (who embraced Islam)

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry   
(a throng of the ancient
George Sale   
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Edward Henry Palmer   
A crowd of those of yore
John Medows Rodwell   
A crowd of the forme
N J Dawood (2014)   
a whole multitude from ages past

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto   
[They will be] a number [of people] from ancient times…
Irving & Mohamed Hegab   
a multitude from early men
Ahmed Hulusi   
Most of them of the former people.
Mir Aneesuddin   
numerous from among the ancients
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur‘an al-Karim   
These favorites include a greater number of those who preceded

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)   
A number of people from those of old
OLD Literal Word for Word   
A company of the former (people)
OLD Transliteration   
Thullatun mina al-awwaleena