Why is there no Al at the beginning?
wondering the same thing. To me this says "California state is crowded"
It's the same principle as possessive constructions: "the restaurant of Mohammed" :: "the state of California."
In English it would sound more natural to simply say, "California is crowded."
Duo teaches direct translation, though, so a lot of the English translations are going to sound a little stilted in order to teach how the sentence works in the target language.
Thoughout all the lessons she says: MuzbaHima while it is written MuzdaHima