Dr Nasser Kurdy was on his way into the mosque for evening prayers when he was attacked, he was stabbed in the neck.
Greater Manchester Police are treating it as a hate crime as the attacker was said to have made “anti-Muslim comments”.
He is said to have stayed in hospital overnight.
A friend of Dr Kurdy said, “He is a lovely guy, very gentle – loved by the community Muslim and non-Muslim alike. He needs stitches and will be kept in hospital overnight, he is incredibly lucky. This incident has really shaken us.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said, “officers are treating this as a hate crime and are appealing for people with information to come forward.”
2 people have been arrested.