Most of the post's responses were positive, with a little anti-Islam sentiment, offering Haydar an opportunity to teach a "clear lesson" that there's hope for bridging the gap, Mathew Rodriguez wrote for Mic.
"Keep your heads high, dear Muslim family," Haydar's post read. "The world is a good and beautiful place with small pockets of hatred here and there. There is an overwhelming amount of love and so remember this post when you are faced with bigotry and hatred towards you or your faith. Remember that you have supporters too."
Steve Annear of the Boston Globe also reported on the conversations — some lighthearted, others tense — Haydar had with passers-by. The stand's owner discussed growing up Muslim in the U.S. and presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent comments about keeping Muslims out of the country, among other topics.
Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, also Muslim, applauded Haydar's efforts, The Globe reported.
"I'm feeling super-positive about any type of spontaneous, civic, press, or public engagement, because clearly there is a situation in which an unusual modicum of Americans don't really know what the religion is about," Mazen told the Globe. "I'm definitely supportive of anything that supports intercultural or interfaith sharing."