"He (the moulana) managed to jump from the second floor of the mosque, while fleeing from the attackers".
South African Police Service spokesperson Capt Nqobile Gwala said police were on the scene and were trying to confirm details. "The local people here identified them".
'They were in a critical condition and bleeding profusely, ' he said.
Major Bheki Langa, KwaZulu-Natal province's acting police commissioner, said in a statement the motive was still unclear.
"The South African Jewish Board of Deputies condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack in a mosque in KwaZulu-Natal", Krengel said.
Azad Seedat, the mosque's chairperson, told News24 that two people were inside the mosque when the attack occurred.
"The motive of the attack on the three men is unknown at this stage".
Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa), a private security company, which was among the first to report the incident, said the suspects fled in a white Hyundai Getz. "Verulam police are investigating three counts of attempted murder and arson".
"Fire services were on scene and put the blaze under control". "One knife was left behind".
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is due to start next week. "Speculation about the motive is quite unsafe at this point".
"A mosque is a religious institution‚ and South Africa's Constitution guarantees and protects the right to religious practices‚" he said.
The Democratic Alliance also condemned the attack.
Only around three percent of South Africa's population is estimated to practice Islam, and the majority of the country's Muslims live in the capital of Cape Town.