About a dozen young Muslims stood outside at Phillips Square on Saturday, handing out single roses to passersby.
The roses, given out to mark the recent anniversary of Prophet Mohammad's birth, were a subtle gesture of goodwill meant to spread the message that the Islamic faith is a peaceful one.
"We want to show to the world that [Islam] is not a bad religion. It's not, like, terrorists; everybody thinks that but we are not. I'm like everybody in the world. I'm a human," said Massouma Al-Bahely, one of the organizers of the event.