Muslim community leaders have voiced their anger at Prime Minister Tony Abbott over his national security speech on Monday, saying it did nothing but inflame tensions and belittle the efforts of Muslims leaders working to decrease community antagonism.

The Lebanese Muslim Association condemned the "aggressive rhetoric against Muslims" employed by Mr Abbott on Monday, labelling it "politically opportunistic" and unnecessary.

"The Prime Minister's comments are incredibly reckless," said Samier Dandan, President of the LMA. "Few would fail to see this newfound focus on national security as anything other than an attempt at gaining public approval, especially in light of the contemporary political climate."

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