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From Halal Food & Travel

Walnut PRT Station and part of downtown

Morgantown is in Monongalia County, West Virginia and is the county seat. It is home to the West Virginia University Mountaineers. It has been described as the #1 small city in America. Its main claim to fame is the Morgantown PRT, a "Personal Rapid Transit" system that was supposed to be the future of public transportation in the 1970s but found no takers elsewhere after cost overruns and delays.

Islam in Morgantown

The Islamic Center of Morgantown is one of the key institutions that serves the Muslim community in the area. Located at 434 Harding Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505, the center offers a place for Muslims to come together to worship, learn and socialize.

The Islamic Center of Morgantown provides a range of services to the Muslim community in the area. The center has a prayer hall, where Muslims can come to pray and perform their daily prayers. The center also offers regular religious classes for children and adults, and hosts community events and celebrations, such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

In addition to the Islamic Center, the Muslim community in Morgantown is also served by Kassar Food and Gifts. Located at 1137 Van Voorhis Rd. #23, Morgantown, WV, 26505, Kassar Food and Gifts is a Muslim-owned store that specializes in Middle Eastern and international food, including Halal meat. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm and closed on Sundays.

Kassar Food and Gifts offers a wide range of Middle Eastern and international food products, including spices, grains, and canned goods. The store also sells fresh Halal meat, which is an important consideration for many Muslims who adhere to dietary restrictions. The store has a loyal customer base, including students and faculty from West Virginia University, as well as local residents who appreciate the quality of the products and the friendly service.

WVU Muslim Students Association

The West Virginia University Muslim Students Association (MSA) is a community of Muslim students who are dedicated to promoting the understanding of Islam and building connections with non-Muslim students on campus. This organization has been active on campus for several years, and its members have been instrumental in creating a welcoming environment for Muslim students at WVU.

The MSA of WVU is a diverse group of students, representing many different countries and backgrounds. Despite these differences, the members of this organization share a common goal of promoting understanding and compassion among all students, regardless of their religious or cultural backgrounds.

One of the main ways in which the MSA of WVU achieves its mission is through education. This organization regularly hosts events and lectures on campus to help students learn more about Islam, including its history, beliefs, and practices. These events are open to all students and are designed to promote dialogue and understanding.

In addition to education, the MSA of WVU also engages in service activities. This organization partners with other student groups and local organizations to give back to the community and promote social justice. Examples of these activities include volunteering at local food banks, organizing fundraising events for disaster relief, and participating in local protests and rallies.

Prayer Facilities at West Virginia University

West Virginia University (WVU) is a diverse and inclusive campus, accommodating students of all backgrounds and faiths. Muslim students at WVU can find several designated prayer spaces on campus to fulfill their daily prayer obligations, also known as Salah.

There are six prayer facilities available for Muslim students across the WVU campus, located in several different buildings. The facilities are maintained by the university administration and provide a peaceful and serene environment for students to perform their daily prayers.

The Mountainlair, located on the main campus, is a bustling hub for student activities and services. The prayer room is located on the main floor near the IT center and Vandalia Lounge. The code to enter the room is 541, and it is open to all Muslim students on campus.

The Downtown Library, situated in the heart of campus, has a reflection room located in the basement. This space provides a quiet and secluded environment for Muslim students to perform their prayers without any disturbance.

The Mountainlair also has wudu-friendly (gender-neutral) bathrooms on the second floor. These bathrooms are equipped with facilities to perform ablution, which is a necessary prerequisite for offering prayers.

The Evansdale Library on the second floor, room 216, is another designated space for Muslim students to perform their daily prayers. This room is also open to all students on campus and is maintained by the university administration.

The Health Sciences Center reflection room 2001 is another quiet space where Muslim students can perform their prayers in peace. The facility is located on the Health Sciences campus and is easily accessible to all students.

Finally, the Advanced Engineering Research Building room 318 on the third floor provides a quiet and secluded space for Muslim students to fulfill their daily prayer obligations. This facility is also open to all students on campus.

Travel as a Muslim to Morgantown

Buy a Flight ticket to and from Morgantown

  • Morgantown Municipal Airport IATA Code: MGW - Morgantown Municipal Airport Morgantown Municipal Airport - USGS 18 June 1988 - Has nonstop service from Baltimore, Maryland, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (IATA Code: PIT) is miles 75 north of Morgantown, and has scheduled commercial service from many airports in the U.S. and other countries.

By car

Major routes in and out of Morgantown include:

  • I-79, which runs in a north-south fashion through the eastern side of Morgantown
  • I-68, which runs in an east-west fashion through the southern side of Morgantown
  • WV 43, a section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway connecting the Morgantown area to Fayette County, Pennsylvania
  • US 119, which runs in a north-south fashion through downtown
  • US 19, which runs through downtown
  • WV 7
  • WV 705

Morgantown is:

  • 77 miles (120 km) south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;
  • 385 miles (615 km) north of Charlotte, North Carolina;
  • 528 miles (845 km) east of Chicago, Illinois;
  • 218 miles (350 km) west of Washington, D.C.

Travel on a Bus in Morgantown

  • Megabus. Service from Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Buses stop at Mountaineer Station, 1112 Van Voorhis Road.

How to get around in Morgantown

Old Coca-Cola and local restaurant signs on a wall in downtown Morgantown, West Virginia LCCN2015631556.tif

The PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) is a unique urban rail system that provides the primary mode of transportation for students, faculty, and staff of the university, and for residents of the Morgantown area. There are five station stops: Walnut, Beechurst, Engineering, Towers, and Medical. The PRTs transport between Downtown Morgantown, the WVU Downtown Campus, the Evansdale Campus and the Medical Center Complex. $0.50/ride; free with WVU ID.

  • Regular hours (during school year): Monday to Friday 6:30AM Monday - 10:15PM, Saturday 9:30-5PM. No Sunday service, unless the day before classes begin is a Sunday, in which case PRT runs on Saturday hours. No service on days when class is not in session. Extended hours for special events, most notably football and basketball games.
  • Summer hours: Monday to Friday 6:30AM Monday - 6:15PM, Saturday 9:30AM Monday - 5PM.

The Mountain Line is a public transit bus system providing service in and around the city of Morgantown. The service is free to students, with nominal fares for the public. The city of Morgantown subsidizes the bus system, making the fares very affordable.

Since a lot of recreational activities are available close to one another they are easily accessible by car and foot. There is no need to worry about parking. There are four parking garages with a total of 1,600 parking spots in Morgantown. They are at University Ave and Chestnut Street, Pleasant Street, Spruce Street and Wharf Street.

What to see in Morgantown

  • Core Arboretum - Phone +1 304 293-5201 Core Arboretum Monongahela Boulevard. Daily, dawn to dusk. 91 acres of forest with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 acres of lawns planted with specimen trees.
  • Dorsey's Knob - Dorsey Knob An excellent view of the Rolling Hills of West Virginia at no cost.


  • The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum - 401 Evansdale Drive 39.646715, -79.973790 Phone +1 304-293-4609 Opening Hours: MWF Sa: 1-4PM free A The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum Mineral Resources Building Room 125. Dedicated to preserving the social, cultural, and technological history of the coal, oil and natural gas industries of the state of West Virginia.
  • Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum - 1132 Health Sciences North - Phone +1 304 293-5212 Opening Hours: Tours by appointment booked through website Free Built to resemble a 19th-century drugstore, the museum includes texts, medicines, furnishings, apothecary jars, mills, bottles, scales and other devices used by pharmacists over the past 100 years.
  • Morgantown Glass Museum - 1628 Mileground Road 39.641765, -79.932623 Phone +1 304-685-5760 Opening Hours: By appointment only. Please call. Displays thousands of glass pieces from the late 19th century to around 1980, made in factories of the Morgantown Glass Company, the Seneca Glass company and the Gentile Glass Company in the Morgantown area.
  • Old Morgantown Glass Collector's Guild Glass Museum - 709 Beechurst - Opening Hours: W-Sa 10AM Monday - 3PM, Sunday 1-5PM
  • Scott's Run Museum - exit 155 from I-79, Osage Phone +304-599-1931 Opening Hours: Saturday 1PM Monday - 4PM, or by appointment Free Celebrating and preserving the history of coal and the coal boom area in Morgantown.
  • Morgantown History Museum - 175 Kirk St 39.6282, -79.9579 Phone +1 304-319-1800 Opening Hours: MWFSa 10AM Monday - 4PM. Tu,Thursday 11AM Monday - 4PM local and regional history
  • West Virginia University's Creative Arts Center - Phone +1 304-293-4841 Opening Hours: Gallery hours F noon-9PM; Saturday 1PM Monday - 9PM. 4 theatres and 1 performance hall. All exhibitions, lectures, and receptions are free and open to the public.
  • Monongalia Arts Center - 107 High Street 39.628056, -79.958056 between the historic Hotel Morgan and the old Morgantown Post Office on South High Street Phone +1 304 292-3325 Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11AM - 7PM, Saturday 11AM - 4PM A Monongalia Arts Center A non-profit arts and culture center serving Monongalia County and surrounding areas. MAC offers classes in the visual and performing arts, and houses the Benedum Gallery, Davis Gallery, Tanner Theatre, and a gift shop featuring artwork by various local artists.

Top Muslim Travel Tips for Morgantown

Spectator sports

  • West Virginia Mountaineers - WVU Coliseum, 3450 Jerry West Blvd. (between Blue and Gold Gate entrances) +1 800 WVU-GAME Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9AM–5PM West Virginia Mountaineers - WVU sports teams are undoubtedly Morgantown's highest-profile attraction. The Mountaineers field teams in seven men's sports, 10 women's sports, and one coeducational sport (rifle shooting), mostly as members of the Big 12 Conference. As at most other big schools, the football and men's basketball teams are the biggest draws. Notably, when WVU fills Milan Puskar Stadium for football games, the stadium becomes the largest "city" in the state by a healthy margin. While a small number of WVU fans aren't exactly friendly to opposing fans, violence is largely nonexistent, and neutral visitors should have no trouble. Like the WVU campus, the school's main athletic venues are disjointed—the football stadium is at the Health Sciences campus; the WVU Coliseum (several indoor sports, most notably basketball) and some other venues are at the Evansdale campus; and the baseball stadium is at University Town Centre in Granville.
  • West Virginia Black Bears - Monongalia County Ballpark (University Town Centre, Granville) 39.64473, -79.995838 Phone +1 304 293-7910 A West Virginia Black Bears The Black Bears, which moved from Jamestown, New York, after the 2014 season, play in the New York–Penn League, a short-season Class A league, and share WVU's ballpark. The season runs from mid-June to early September.

Movie theaters

  • Carmike Morgantown Mall 12 9540 Mall Road Phone +1 304-983-6868
  • Hollywood Movie Theater - 1001 Mountaineer Dr, Granville Phone +1 304-598-3456

Arts and entertainment

  • West Virginia Public Theater - 2 Waterfront Place Phone +1 304-291-4177 - For tickets call: +1 304-291-4122.
  • Metropolitan Theater - 369 High Street Phone +1 304 291-4884 Performances of all kinds, including concerts, movies, shows, comedy.
  • Arts Monongahela - 201 High Street Phone +1 304 291-6720 Works of local artists.


  • Boparc - Recreational activities. Includes parks, swimming, summer camps, trips, and other special events.
  • Adventures on Magic River - Guided historical kayak tours
  • Cooper's Rock State Forest - Coopers Rock State Forest Rock City interior.jpeg A West Virginia State Forest Managed cooperatively by WV State Parks and the WV Division of Forestry. Just outside Morgantown on the border of Monongalia and Preston counties.
  • Dorsey's Knob - An excellent view of the Rolling Hills of West Virginia at no cost.
  • Monday River/Decker's Creek/Caperton Trail - https://www.montrails.org/ - 48 miles (80 km) of trail for biking, walking, jogging. Converted from the former B&O Railroad.
  • Mountaineer Golf and Country Club - 212 Brand Road Phone +1 304 328-5520 72 par, 18 holes. Open seven days a week, weather permitting. Pricing varies.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Morgantown

  • Adventures Edge - 131 Pleasant Street Phone +1 304-296-9007 Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11AM Monday - 7PM, Saturday 10AM Monday - 5PM Clothing and apparel for any outdoor adventure.
  • Appalachian Gallery - 44 High Street Phone: +1 304 296-0163 Handcrafted works by artists and artisans in West Virginia and neighboring regions, including baskets, books, fabric art, folk toys, framed art, glass, jewellery, metal works, mosaics, music, pottery, thumb pianos, wildlife portraits and wooden items.
  • Fig Leaf - 491 High Street Opening Hours: Monday - W 11AM Monday - 5PM, Thursday - Saturday 11AM Monday - 6PM - Small boutique for women's clothing.
  • Tanner's Alley Leather Shop - 416 High Street Phone +1 304 292-0707 Leather products including briefcases, luggage, handbags.
  • The Book Exchange - 152 Willey Street Phone +1 304-292-7354 Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9AM Monday - 5PM, Saturday 10AM Monday - 4PM, Sunday 10AM Monday - 2PM Campus store supplying textbooks, clothing, school merchandise and memorabilia.
  • Old Stone House Gift Shop - 313 Chestnut Street Phone +1 304-296-7825 Opening from Monday to Saturday 10AM Monday - 2PM. Closed Sunday - Historic building turned shop selling handcrafted goods and crafts.

Visit a Muslim Friendly Mall in Morgantown

  • Morgantown Mall - 9500 Mall Road Phone +1 304 983-6255 Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10AM Monday - 9PM, Sunday noon-6PM Over 80 shops and restaurants, including: Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Finishline, Forever 21, Gamestop, Gap, Hallmark, Hollister, JCPenney, Kay Jewelers, New York & Company, Pacific Sunwear, Payless, Radio Shack, Sears, Sepencer's, and Victoria's Secret.
  • Mountaineer Mall - 5000 Greenbag Road Phone +1 304 296-0096 Opening from Monday to Saturday 10AM Monday - 9PM, Sunday noon-5PM 40 shops and restaurants.
  • University Town Centre at Granville, 5001 University Towne Center Drive off I-79, Star City Exit Stores include: Sally’s Beauty Supply, Maurice’s, Petco, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Target, Giant Eagle, Goody's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes & Noble, Sam's Club, Super Wal-Mart, Olive Garden, Cheddar's, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chili's, CiCi's Pizza, Evergreen Buffet. The development is also home to Monongalia County Ballpark, home to WVU baseball and the Black Bears.

Halal Restaurants in Morgantown

Morgantown, West Virginia, may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of halal food, but the city has a few options for those looking for halal restaurants. One of the best options is Ali Baba, formerly known as Voyagers, located at Morgantown Airport (Hart Field) on 110 Hart Field Road.

Ali Baba is a Mediterranean and American restaurant that serves halal food. They offer a variety of dishes that cater to different tastes, including chicken and beef kebabs, gyros, falafel, shawarma, hummus, and more. They also have a lunch buffet that is a great option for those who want to try a little bit of everything.

One of the best things about Ali Baba is the atmosphere. The restaurant is quiet and has a cozy vibe, making it a great place to enjoy a meal with friends or family. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and they make sure to accommodate any dietary restrictions or preferences.

Another great thing about Ali Baba is the ample free parking available. This is a big plus in a city where parking can be hard to come by, especially in the downtown area.

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11AM to 8PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 11AM to 9PM. They are closed on Sundays. This makes it a great option for lunch or dinner any day of the week.

Overall, Ali Baba is a great halal restaurant option in Morgantown. With its delicious food, cozy atmosphere, and ample parking, it is definitely worth a visit.

Muslim Friendly Hotels in Morgantown

  • Clarion Hotel Morgan - 127 High St 39.628344, -79.957460 Phone +1 304-292-8200 Historic hotel in downtown Morgantown, directly beside the historic Warner Theatre.
  • Euro-Suites Hotel - 501 Chestnut Ridge Road 39.658298, -79.962351 Phone +1 304 598-1000 Upscale "green" facility. Internet and breakfast are free.
  • Hilton Garden Inn - 150 Suncrest Towne Center Drive 39.653889, -79.944530 Phone +1 304 225-9500 Affordable prices that include free Wi-Fi, workout facility, and indoor pool.
  • Waterfront Place Hotel - 2 Waterfront Pl 39.624109, -79.964027 Phone +1 304-296-1700 Overlooking the Monongahela River in the restored Wharf District.
  • Quality Inn - 225 Comfort Inn Drive 39.586006, -79.952776 Off 1-68 south of city Phone +1 304 296-9364 Free continental breakfast. Indoor hot tub and fitness center.

Study as a Muslim in Morgantown

Woodburn Circle on the downtown campus – Martin Hall (top), Woodburn Hall (right), Chitwood Hall (bottom)

When it comes to Muslim-friendly education in Morgantown, West Virginia University is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including Muslim students. The university recognizes the importance of cultural diversity and strives to create an atmosphere that is sensitive to the needs of its diverse student body.

One of the ways that WVU promotes Muslim-friendly education is through its Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This office is dedicated to ensuring that all students feel welcome and supported on campus, regardless of their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. The office provides resources and support to Muslim students and other underrepresented groups, such as counseling services, mentorship programs, and educational workshops.

WVU also has a Muslim Student Association (MSA), which is a student-led organization that provides a supportive community for Muslim students on campus. The MSA hosts a variety of events and activities throughout the year, such as Islamic Awareness Week, Eid celebrations, and community service projects. These events help to promote cultural understanding and awareness among the larger student body.

When it comes to accommodations for Muslim students, WVU offers Halal food options at its dining facilities, and also has a prayer room on campus that is available for Muslim students to use for daily prayers. The university also allows students to request accommodations for religious observances, such as allowing them to reschedule exams or assignments that conflict with religious holidays or obligations.

Explore more Halal Friendly Destinations from Morgantown

  • Prickett's Fort State Park - State park in Fairmont, West Virginia, 15 miles south of Morgantown on I-79.

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