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Bakersfield is a city in Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Introduction to Bakersfield

Bakersfield is one of the fastest growing larger cities in the United States. Bakersfield has a population of roughly 323,000 and a metropolitan area of roughly a half million. Bakersfield is well known for being the home of country music singers Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and has the nickname "the country music capital of the West Coast."Bakersfield is also the birthplace of Korn, one of the best selling and most popular heavy metal bands of the last 25 years. Bakersfield has also produced its share of American football players such as Joey Porter, Frank Gifford and David Carr. Bakersfield is a very conservative, religious city compared to most of the state.

Islam in Bakersfield

Islam has a significant presence in Bakersfield, California. The city has several mosques and an Islamic center where Muslims come together for prayer, community events, and religious education.

The Islamic Center of Bakersfield, located at 701 Ming Ave #146. This center serves as a hub for the local Muslim community and offers a range of services and programs, including daily prayers, Quranic classes, youth programs, and community events. The Islamic Center of Bakersfield has a diverse congregation and welcomes Muslims from all backgrounds.

Another mosque in Bakersfield is Masjid Umar ibn Al-Khattab, located at 615 Kentucky St. This mosque is named after the second caliph of Islam, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, and provides a space for daily prayers and religious education. Masjid Umar ibn Al-Khattab also hosts community events and activities, including interfaith events and social gatherings.

The Dawoodi Bohra Al Masjid Al Fakhri is another mosque in Bakersfield, located at Anjuman-e-Hakimi Bakersfield - 3852 Akers Rd. This mosque is part of the Dawoodi Bohra community, which is a sub-sect of Shia Islam. The mosque serves as a center for prayer, religious education, and community events for the local Dawoodi Bohra community.

Overall, Islam has a thriving community in Bakersfield, with several mosques and Islamic centers providing spaces for prayer, community, and education. These centers also play an important role in promoting interfaith dialogue and community outreach in Bakersfield.

Travel to Bakersfield


How to travel to Bakersfield by car

Bakersfield is at the junction of California State Routes 99 and 58, about mile 25 north of The Grapevine at the junction of CA-99 and Interstate 5.

What is the best way to fly to Bakersfield

Commercial air service

Meadows Field (IATA Code: BFL) is Bakersfield's primary commercial airport, which is about 10 miles north of Downtown. The airport is used by two carriers: American Eagle and United Express. There is frequent service to San Francisco and Phoenix. There is twice daily service to Houston and once daily service to Denver.

Meadows Field is also an international airport, although there are no international carriers, however the airport is capable of handling international private planes, both arriving and departing.

Rental car facilities are found at the airport. In addition, there are several other methods of travel from the airport. Taxis are available outside the terminal. The city's bus system does not provide regular service to the airport's domestic terminal, although service is provided to the downtown transit center when requested in advance.

Private air service

Private aircraft that are traveling to Bakersfield can land either at Meadows Field, or Bakersfield Municipal Airport GPS 35.325,-118.996111(in South Bakersfield). In addition, there are a variety of other general aviation airports in the region. These include: Delano Municipal Airport, Kern Valley Airport, Lost Hills Airport, Minner Field (Shafter), Taft Airport, Tehachapi Municipal Airport and Wasco Airport.

Alternate airports

A primary alternative is Los Angeles International Airport GPS 33.9425,-118.408056 (IATA Code: LAX) (120 miles to Los Angeles). Airport Bus of Bakersfield provides round trip bus service between the airport and their terminal near the intersection of Friday St. and Golden State Ave. Other nearby airports are Bob Hope Airport (78 miles, in Burbank) and Fresno Yosemite International Airport (110 miles, in Fresno).

Travel by train to Bakersfield



Amtrak also serves Bakersfield, with a nice main terminal downtown. Bakersfield is the southern terminus of Amtrak's San Joaquin route, which travels north through the Central Valley to either Sacramento or the Bay Area. Bakersfield is also served by a number of Amtrak bus routes, which connect San Joaquin passengers to many southern California cities, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.

Take a bus to Bakersfield

Several bus lines pass through Bakersfield, including Greyhound, Flixbus, Intercalifornias and Tufesa. There are several trips a day north and south. East and west connections are poorer. The express buses between San Francisco and Los Angeles bypass Bakersfield, using Interstate 5 for faster travel.

How to get around in Bakersfield

Rent a Car or Limousine in Bakersfield

Bakersfield is a car-based city with poor mass transit options, so driving your own car or renting one is probably wise.

Take a bus to Bakersfield

The Golden Empire Transit (GET) bus system is fairly limited (especially in the Rosedale area). The bus can used to get around if you are intrepid, but not recommended.

By bike

Biking is not a typical mode of transit, but it can be done. However, most bike lanes are on arterial roads with multiple car lanes and high speed limits.

Best way to travel in Bakersfield by a Taxi

Bakersfield Taxicabs 80-100 taxicabs serving the greater Bakersfield area 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The rate for taxicab service in Bakersfield is $3.00 + $2.75 per mile. To order a taxicab in Bakersfield call +1 661-374-2227.

By foot

Bakersfield is not very walkable, with the exception of shopping centers, parks and a small downtown core.

What to see in Bakersfield


  • Buck Owens' Crystal Palace - 2800 Buck Owens Blvd 35.386,-119.043 Buck Owens Crystal Palace - Buck Owens Crystal Palace Front - The legendary country music performer might have passed, but look for other country artists performing at the venue throughout the year. Memorabilia from Buck's career is found all over the walls.
  • California Living Museum - CALM | 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy GPS 35.432,-118.886 - Opening Hours: 9AM Monday - 4PM daily Adults $9, Seniors $7, Children (3-12) $5, Children (under 3) free California Living Museum - This zoo is in a park like setting in northeastern Bakersfield. It features rare or endangered animals that have been hurt in some way and will never be able to go back to the wild.

Top Muslim Travel Tips in Bakersfield

This city will never be a premier tourist destination, but there are things to do. Ethnic food and culture festivals - including Scottish, Indian, Basque and Greek - occur in the spring and summer

  • Kern County Museum 3801 Chester Ave 35.393,-119.02 Phone +1 661-437-3330 Opening from Monday to Saturday 10AM Monday - 5PM, Sunday noon-5PM Adults $10, Seniors $9, Students (13-17) $9, Students (6-12) $8, Children (3-5) $7, Children (under 3) free Kern County Museum =Kern County Museum-10 - A great place to visit, with 56 historic exhibits in a lush shady 16-acre setting. The historical exhibit buildings include everything from an 1800s log cabin to a 1936 gas station, with jails, one-room school, Victorian era homes and everything in between. The Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center is great fun for the kids. Outstanding special events are offered all year. Just a short hop from Highways 204, 99 or 58 this is great stop just north of downtown Bakersfield. Check out the website for more information on current exhibits and special event offerings. Admission is charged, but $8 for adults is a bargain. Picnicking is welcome on regular admission days and some events offer free admission. Car shows, an annual antique show and Clock Tower Holidays are all worth the visit.
  • Murray Family Farms | 6700 General Beale Rd 35.2948,-118.7536 Phone +1 661-330-0100 - Kern County's major agricultural attraction offers fresh and you-pick produce, educational and group tours, a hay wagon and picnic grounds.
  • Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center |1001 Truxtun Ave 35.37223,-119.01300 - Hosts sporting events, concerts, circuses and other shows throughout the year.
  • Fox Theater | 2001 H St 35.37756,-119.02156 - The downtown Fox Theater schedules standup comedy and musical guests. The Bakersfield International Film Society hosts year-round showings of award-winning international films at the Fox Theater.
  • Jazz Festival - Each May the CSU Bakersfield campus is home to the popular weekend Jazz Festival.
  • Bakersfield Speedway | 5001 N Chester Ave Ext 35.45226,-119.02864 Phone +1 661 393-3373 +1 661 393-7085 - Bakersfield Speedway is the oldest motor racetrack in California. It is a 1/3 mile (0.5 km) clay oval racetrack featuring a full ticket of races.

Shopping in Bakersfield

Large shopping centers and strip malls are abundant. Small, locally owned antique shops are found in the Downtown and Old Town areas

  • The Marketplace | 9000 Ming Ave 35.34151,-119.10389 Near the CSU Bakersfield campus - Relatively upscale shopping mall, home to a 14-screen movie theater, a Vons grocery store, several restaurants and numerous shops.
  • Northwest Promenade | 9300 Rosedale Hwy 35.38602,-119.10599 - A sprawling collection of major retailers and restaurants including Target, Cost Plus World Market and CVS Pharmacy.
  • Valley Plaza - 2701 Ming Ave 35.33735,-119.03364 In the southwest - The larger and more popular of Bakersfield's two indoor shopping malls.It is also one of the nation's first such malls, dating back to the 1960s.Home to Target, the Apple Store, JCPenney, Sears, Macy's and numerous small shops and restaurants.
  • East Hills Mall | 3000 Mall View Rd 35.39377,-118.95769 In the northeast off of Highway 178 between Mt Vernon Ave & Oswell St - Bakersfield's other indoor mall.Home to Regency Theaters.

Study as a Muslim in Bakersfield

The Walter Stiern Library, CSUB

California State University (CSU) and its campuses have been committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment that celebrates cultural and religious differences. In this spirit, the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) plays a significant role in promoting Muslim-friendly education and creating an atmosphere that fosters interfaith dialogue and understanding.

The MSA at CSUB aims to educate both the student body and the surrounding community about Islam and its true teachings. It provides a platform for Muslims to connect and engage with others interested in learning about Islam. Through events, seminars, and educational activities, the MSA seeks to dispel the misconceptions about Islam and Muslims that are prevalent in the media.

One of the primary goals of the MSA is to provide a welcoming environment for students from all backgrounds to learn about Islam. The MSA has regular meetings and events where members and non-members can come together to discuss Islamic practices and beliefs, as well as current events affecting the Muslim community. By creating a supportive community for Muslim students, the MSA enables them to thrive academically and socially.

In addition to promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding, the MSA serves as a valuable resource for students seeking information about Islam. The MSA is committed to providing accurate and truthful information about the religion and answering any questions or concerns students may have.

The MSA at CSUB also works closely with the university administration to ensure that Muslim students' needs are met. This includes providing prayer facilities, halal food options, and accommodations during Ramadan. By working collaboratively with the administration, the MSA ensures that Muslim students can practice their faith freely and without hindrance.

Overall, the Muslim Student Association at CSUB plays a vital role in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for Muslim students and promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding. The MSA's commitment to educating the campus and the community about Islam's true teachings and dispelling misconceptions is an important step towards creating a more diverse and equitable society.

Halal Restaurants & Food in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California is home to a number of Halal restaurants that cater to the Muslim community and anyone else looking for Halal food. Here are three Halal restaurants that are worth checking out in Bakersfield:

Sam's Halal Market and Restaurant - Located at 4133 Ming Ave, Sam's Halal Market and Restaurant is a small eatery that offers take-out only. Despite its small size, the restaurant is known for serving up delicious Halal food, including Middle Eastern and Pakistani dishes. The menu includes a variety of dishes such as lamb kebab, chicken tikka, biryani, and more. The restaurant is owned and operated by a Muslim family, and the food is prepared according to Halal standards.

Sultan's Mediterranean Grill - Sultan's Mediterranean Grill is located at Town and Country Village Shopping Center on Stockdale Hwy. This restaurant is known for its delicious Halal wraps and bowls, which can be customized with a variety of sides. The restaurant is clean and well-maintained, and there is plenty of parking available. In addition to Halal food, the restaurant also offers vegetarian and vegan options.

Flame & Skewers Mediterranean Restaurant - Flame & Skewers Mediterranean Restaurant is another popular Halal restaurant in Bakersfield. This restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and offers a wide range of dishes such as shawarma, falafel, kebab, and more. All of the meat served at the restaurant is Halal, and the food is prepared fresh daily. The restaurant is located on California Avenue and is open for lunch and dinner.

In conclusion, Bakersfield has a variety of Halal restaurants that offer delicious food for the Muslim community and anyone else looking for Halal options. Whether you're in the mood for Middle Eastern, Pakistani, or Mediterranean cuisine, there's a Halal restaurant in Bakersfield that can satisfy your cravings.

Muslim Friendly Hotels in Bakersfield

  • Best Western Hill House - 700 Truxtun Ave 35.37368,-119.00923 Phone +1 661 327-4064 +1-800-300-4230 +1 661 327-1247 - Last updated: 2022-00-00
  • Courtyard Bakersfield - 3601 Marriott Dr 35.38006,-119.04755 Phone +1 661 324-6660 +1 661 324-1185 $119-149 - Last updated: 2022-00-00
  • Days Inn - 818 Real Rd 35.36584,-119.04245 Phone +1-661-324-6666 Check-in : 3PM / Check-out: noon - Amenities include free continental breakfast, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, free USA Today newspaper, free high-speed internet, free large-vehicle parking, 24-hour front-desk service and in-room microwaves and refrigerators.
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton - 1505 Mill Rock Way 35.34131,-119.09884 Phone +1 661 664-0400 Check-in : 3PM / Check-out: noon - Last updated: 2022-00-00
  • Marriott at the Convention Center - 801 Truxtun Ave 35.37266,-119.01155 Phone +1 661 323-1900 - Last updated: 2022-00-00
  • Motel 6 | 1350 Easton Dr 35.36898,-119.04437 Phone +1 661 327-1686 +1 661 327-2337 - Last updated: 2022-00-00
  • The Padre Hotel | 1702 18th St 35.375572,-119.02151 Check-in : 1PM / Check-out: 11AM This boutique hotel offers five unique food and beverage venues.
  • Red Lion Hotel | 2620 Buck Owens Blvd 35.38474,-119.04235 Phone +1 661 327-9651 +1-800-424-4900 +1 661 334-1820 - 198 rooms. Property amenities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, hot tub, 42" flat screen TVs with HBO, free Wi-Fi, complimentary made-to-order breakfast, fitness center and 4,000 square feet of meeting space.

Stay safe in Bakersfield


Bakersfield is a relatively safe city with a murder rate that has been on the decline since 2005. However, property theft and drug activity have seen a sharp increase within the city and there are certain parts of the city that are dangerous even during the daytime. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive (formerly named Lakeview Ave and turns into Cottonwood Rd), Union Ave, parts of East Bakersfield and areas surrounding the Kern County fairgrounds and South High School are plagued by gang violence and can be very dangerous. The Bakersfield suburb of Oildale (which shares its borders with Bakersfield at the Kern River) has a bad reputation for racism and poverty. However, attitudes towards minorities have improved significantly over the years in Oildale and the town is relatively safe (although not a tourism attraction).

Explore more Muslim Friendly Destinations from Bakersfield

  • [Fort Tejon State Historic Park]] A visit to the early days of European settlement is provided by Fort Tejon which dates back to 1854 and is easily accessed from I-5, lying between the shops of Grapevine and the hamlets of Lebec and Frazier Park.
  • [Keene (California)|Keene]] - Located east on Highway 58, Keene is home to the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, which contains the headquarters and grave site of the famous labor leader. Another attraction is the Tehachapi Loop, which is just outside of town and is a favorite of railroad fans around the world since the engineering wonder is one of the few places where a train can be seen passing over itself.
  • [Kern River Canyon]] A scenic drive via Highway 178 follows the lower Kern River.
  • [Tehachapi]] - Further east on Highway 58, Tehachapi is home to a massive wind farm.
  • [Wasco]] - Bakersfield's neighbor to the northwest has been known as the city of roses, with 55% of all roses grown in the USA grown in and around Wasco.Its annual spring Rose Festival attracts visitors from all over southern California.
  • [McFarland]] - North of Bakersfield on Highway 99, McFarland is a small farming community that may be best known for the high school cross-country team that inspired the 2015 movie McFarland, USA.
  • [Buttonwillow]] - This town is west of Bakersfield on Highway 58, offers lodging options and services and is home to the Buttonwillow Tree, a state landmark that gave the town its name.
  • [Taft]] - An oil town southwest of Bakersfield that offers food, gas and lodging services. Taft is also home to the West Kern Oil Museum and a replica of Sutter's fort that was built in 1940 as a Depression-era project.
  • [Maricopa]] - This oil & agriculture town is southwest of Bakersfield and was the site of one of the largest oil spills in history when the Lakeview Gusher unleashed nine million barrels of oil onto the surrounding countryside.
  • [The Grapevine]] - The Grapevine is a corridor along I-5 that is south of Bakersfield and is home to the outlets at Tejon and a slew of traveler-focused restaurants and hotels for the thousands of cars traveling on the interstate.
  • Lake Isabella - About an hour's drive east of town on Highway 178, the Kern River/Lake Isabella area is popular for fishing, kayaking, camping and boating activities and in winter there is downhill skiing at Alta Sierra-Shirley Meadows.
  • [Los Angeles]] - The second largest city in the United States is less than a two-hour drive south of Bakersfield on Highway 99 then Interstate 5.

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