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Muhammad Asad   
HAS THERE [not] been an endless span of time before man [appeared - a time] when he was not yet a thing to be thought of
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
Is there not a period of time when each human is nothing yet worth mentioning?
Safi Kaskas   
Has there come upon the human being a span of time when he was nothing to be mentioned?

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Arabic   
‏هَلْ أَتَىٰ عَلَى ٱلْإِنسَنِ حِينٌۭ مِّنَ ٱلدَّهْرِ لَمْ يَكُن شَيْـًۭٔا مَّذْكُورًا ‎
Transliteration (2021)   
hal atā ʿalā l-insāni ḥīnun mina l-dahri lam yakun shayan madhkūra
Word for Word
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Has (there) come upon man a period of time not he was a thing mentioned?

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad   
HAS THERE [not] been an endless span of time before man [appeared - a time] when he was not yet a thing to be thought of
M. M. Pickthall   
Hath there come upon man (ever) any period of time in which he was a thing unremembered
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)   
Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing - (not even) mentioned
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
Is there not a period of time when each human is nothing yet worth mentioning?
Safi Kaskas   
Has there come upon the human being a span of time when he was nothing to be mentioned?
Wahiduddin Khan   
Was there not a period of time when man was nothing worth mentioning
Shakir   
There surely came over man a period of time when he was a thing not worth mentioning
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar   
Approached the human being a long course of time when he will be nothing remembered?
T.B.Irving   
Has a period in [this) age not come over (every) man when he was nothing worth mentioning?
Abdul Hye   
Has there not come over human, a period of time when it was not a thing worth mentioning?
The Study Quran   
Has there come upon man a span of time in which he was a thing unremembered
Dr. Kamal Omar   
Has there passed over the human being a portion from the passing time when he becomes not an item mentioned (to somebody)
M. Farook Malik   
Has there not passed over man a period of time when he was nothing- -not even mentioned
Talal A. Itani (new translation)   
Has there come upon man a period of time when he was nothing to be mentioned
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali   
Has there come upon man a while of (an) era when he was not a thing to be remembered
Muhammad Sarwar   
There was certainly a time when there was no mention of the human being
Muhammad Taqi Usmani   
There has come upon man a period of time in which he was nothing worth mentioning
Shabbir Ahmed   
Has there not passed over man an era when he was not even worth mentioning
Dr. Munir Munshey   
Was there (ever) a period of time when man was not worth a mention
Syed Vickar Ahamed   
Has there not been a long period of time, when man was nothing— (Not even) mentioned
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)   
Has there [not] come upon man a period of time when he was not a thing [even] mentioned
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)   
Was there not a time in the past when the human being was nothing to even be mentione
Abdel Haleem   
Was there not a period of time when man was nothing to speak of
Abdul Majid Daryabadi   
Surely there hath come upon man a space of time when he was not a thing worth mentioning
Ahmed Ali   
WAS THERE NOT a time in the life of man when he was not even a mentionable thing
Aisha Bewley   
Has man ever known a point of time when he was not something remembered?
Ali Ünal   
Did there pass (– and surely there did pass –) over human a stretch of time when he was a thing not mentioned and remembered (as human)
Ali Quli Qara'i   
Has there been for man a period of time when he was not anything worthy of mention
Hamid S. Aziz   
Was there not over man a long period of time when he was a thing unremembered (nothing, not worth mention)
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad   
Did not a period of time come upon the human being that he was nothing to be mentioned
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)   
Has there ever been a period of time when the human being was not something to consider
Musharraf Hussain   
Hasn’t there been a phase in human history when humans were nothing worthy of mention?
Maududi   
Was there a period of time when man was not even worthy of a mention
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)   
Was there not a time in the past when man was nothing to even be mentioned?
Mohammad Shafi   
There was — was there not? — a time when man [before he was created] was not yet a thing worth mentioning

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)   
Undoubtedly, there has come upon man a time when there was no mentioning of his name anywhere.
Rashad Khalifa   
Is it not a fact that there was a time when the human being was nothing to be mentioned?
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah   
Indeed, there came upon the human a period of time when he was an unremembered thing
Maulana Muhammad Ali   
Surely there came over man a time when he was nothing that could be mentioned
Muhammad Ahmed & Samira   
Did (it) come on the human/mankind (a) period of time from the long time he was not a mentioned/remembered thing
Bijan Moeinian   
Does man not recognize a stage of his life in which he was practically nothing worth to mention
Faridul Haque   
Indeed there has been a time for man, when even his name did not exist anywhere
Sher Ali   
There has, certainly, come upon man a period of time when he was not a thing worth mentioning
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri   
Surely, there has passed over man a period of time when he was not a thing worth mentioning
Amatul Rahman Omar   
There did pass over a human being a while of a long space of time when he was not a thing worth mentioning
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali   
Has there not been over man a period of time, when he was nothing to be mentioned

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry   
Has there come on man a while of time when he was a thing unremembered
George Sale   
Did there not pass over man a long space of time; during which he was a thing not worthy of remembrance
Edward Henry Palmer   
Does there not come on man a portion of time when he is nothing worth mentioning
John Medows Rodwell   
Doth not a long time pass over MAN, during which he is a thing unremembered
N J Dawood (2014)   
DOES THERE not pass over man a space of time when his life is a blank?⁴

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto   
Has there not been a time over humanity when he/she was nothing –not even a mention?
Irving & Mohamed Hegab   
Has a period in [this] age not come over (every) man when he was nothing worth mentioning?
Ahmed Hulusi   
Has there not been a time, when man was not a thing even mentioned? (Man was not yet manifest; he was the unmanifest within the dimension of the Names)!
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli   
Has there not been over Man a long period of Time when he was a thing not worth mentioning
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur‘an al-Karim   
Was there not an era when man was not even heard of
Mir Aneesuddin   
l. There has passed on man a period of time when he was not a thing (worth) a discussion.

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)   
Has there not been over Man a long period of Time, when he was nothing - (not even) mentioned
OLD Literal Word for Word   
Has (there) come upon man a period of time not he was a thing mentioned
OLD Transliteration   
Hal ata AAala al-insani heenun mina alddahri lam yakun shay-an mathkooran