Dr Nasser Kurdy, a Muslim man has been stabbed in the neck as he arrived at a mosque for evening prayers.
According to Metro UK, the attack, which police are treating as a hate crime, happened outside the Altrincham Islamic Centre in Greater Manchester, the Manchester Evening News reported.
Groups including the Muslim Council and Rochdale Council of Muslims have named the victim as a 58-year-old orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr Kurdy has been treated in hospital after reportedly suffering a 3cm stab wound.
Police said his injuries were not life-threatening and he was discharged from hospital on Sunday night.
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said: ‘This is a very nasty and unprovoked attack against a much loved local man. We have made significant progress with the investigation and have arrested two people.
‘We consider that these arrests are significant and with the information that we have at this stage, we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this attack
‘People will want to know why the attacker did this and we are treating this as a crime motivated by hate. It is difficult to say more than this at this time but there is nothing to suggest that this is terrorist related.’
A friend of the victim told the Manchester Evening News: ‘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.’
Two men aged 54 and 32 have been arrested in connection with the stabbing, Greater Manchester Police said.
In a statement, police said: ‘Officers have arrested two people after a hate crime in Hale.
‘At around 5.50pm on Sunday 24 September 2017 police were called to reports that a man had been stabbed outside the Islamic Cultural Centre, Grove Lane.
‘Emergency services attended and a man in his 60s has been taken to hospital with a stab wound to the back of his neck.’
Police have appealed for witnesses.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number 1646 of 24/09/17.