Malcolm Turnbull has warned against the community being divided by acts of terrorism such as the Orlando massacre and "extremist, nihilistic interpretations of religion".

Speaking at an Iftar dinner to break the Ramadan fast at Kirribilli House in Sydney, Turnbull praised the contribution of the Muslim community to Australia.

The dinner, the first such occasion hosted by a prime minister, was attended by the Gold Logie winner Waleed Aly, his wife, the sociologist Susan Carland, the AFL player Bachar Houli, the executive director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Hass Dellal, and youth advocate Yassmin Abdel-Magied – as well as Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists.

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