Father stabbed to death outside Coventry mosque named as Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz

A man who was fatally stabbed during a reported mass brawl involving knives outside a Coventry mosque has been named by police.

Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz, 52, died shortly after being found injured by emergency services who were called to the Jamiah Masjid and Institute on Sunday evening.

He has been described by his loved ones as a "dependable shining light of good" and "an innocent humble loving family man".

Just after 9pm, officers were sent to the mosque, at the junction of Durbar Avenue and Queen Mary's Road, following reports of a large group of men, some armed with knives, being in a fight outside.

Despite efforts to save Mr Nawaz, he died a short time later.

In the hours after the incident, two men aged 27 and 56 were arrested on suspicion of murder.

And four more people were detained early on Wednesday.

All six remain in custody, with five being held on suspicion of murder and one on suspicion of assisting offenders.

In a statement released through West Midlands Police, Mr Nawaz's family said: "We thank the emergency services for their tireless effort for trying to save our father.

"We are hopeful in the police investigation and we, the family, want all those responsible to be brought to justice.

"They have extinguished a dependable shining light of good, an innocent humble loving family man, our father, our brother, our friend, Haji Choudhary Rab Nawaz."

Police have said they want to hear from anyone with information that can help their investigation and "ensure we get justice for Mr Nawaz".

They said they want people with any mobile phone or dashcam footage or other information to submit it directly using a link on their website.

People can also contact the force via Live Chat at, by calling 101, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. People should quote log 3319 of 2 October.

Officers have previously stressed they do not believe the violence is linked to any other incidents or disputes either in Coventry or the wider West Midlands.