The prime minister's comments following the Bourke Street terror attack have outraged Australian imams, who accused him of politicising the tragedy.
The attack that left one man dead and two others injured was condemned by the Australian National Imams Council, which called it a national tragedy.
But the council said it was "outraged" by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison's recent comments linking Islam to a radical and dangerous ideology.
"It is extremely disappointing in such difficult times and during a national tragedy, when all Australians of all faiths and backgrounds should be called upon to unite and stand together against any form of extremism and violence, to see our nation's leader politicising this incident and using it for political gain," a statement released on Sunday said.
Morrison said he needed to "call out" radical, violent and extremist Islam after the attack in Melbourne.
"But here in Australia, we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism in this country is the radical and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam," Mr Morrison said on Saturday.