It all started with a letter.

After the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, Nail Aykan​ wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and thanked him on behalf of Muslim communities for his measured response.

"Thank you for your words of leadership. We welcome your fresh tone and positive narrative in regards the threats of terrorism," Mr Aykan, the executive director of the Islamic Council of Victoria, wrote.

"The feedback we have from members of our community [says] it has been very reassuring and a much needed boost to confidence in our national leadership."

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