Dozens of Muslim leaders and organisations around the country have hit out at the Prime Minister Tony Abbott for "bullying" the mufti of Australia and Islamic groups that criticise his government.

In a joint statement signed by 64 organisations and 42 community and religious leaders, they have opposed Mr Abbott's "politically convenient" threats to tackle and crack down on Islamic groups whose only crime has been to speak out about his stance towards Muslims.

The statement said that they "opposed" the bullying of the nation's highest Islamic leader, Ibrahim Abu Muhammad, because of his opposition to Mr Abbott's attempts to silence people.

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