Nasser Kurdy, 58, a Muslim surgeon who treated Manchester Arena victims said he has forgiven a man who stabbed him in the neck outside a mosque in a hate crime attack.
Consultant Nasser Kurdy, who operated on those injured in the outrage in May, was stabbed from behind with a knife as he walked into Altrincham Islamic Centre in Hale, Cheshire, at just before 6pm on Sunday.
Fearing that his attacker may follow him as he rushed inside the mosque, he grabbed a chair and dashed outside to protect himself – but the man had fled.
Doctor who suffered a three centimetre wound to the back of his neck and was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital for treatment, which is also where he works.
Police later made two arrests, and confirmed that they were treating the incident as a hate crime.
Today the Syrian-Jordanian father-of-three said that despite being terrified last night, he had now forgiven his attacker, and that he feels no anger towards him.
Mr Kurdy said, ahead of giving a police statement, that he could not say what his attacker said to him, but was in “no doubt” he was attacked because he was entering the Islamic Centre.
But he added he feels no anger towards his attacker, adding: “He is not representative of what this country stands for.
“I have absolutely no anger or hate or anything negative towards him. I have declared it, I have totally forgiven him. He could be a marginalised person within his own community.”
He called on the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to implement the Government’s Hate Crime Action Plan.