Muslim Ribery Slammed For Dressing Up As Easter Bunny

Story By: Koen Berghuis, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golders

Video Credit: Golders/@franckribery7

Muslim football fans have slammed Bayern star Franck Ribery for celebrating a Christian religious holiday and straying from the path of Islam after he dressed up as the Easter Bunny for his kids.

Ribery converted to Islam in 2002 out of love for his Algerian wife Wahiba Belhami.

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery uploaded the video to his Instagram account in which he is seen dressed up in a fluffy Easter Bunny costume.

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Picture Credits: Golders/@franckribery7

The video shows a table on the outdoor patio of the Ribery household which is full of eggs and tools for his kids to decorate them, as well as a giant cake.

Ribery is then seen dressed in his Easter Bunny suit while dancing around the table to the tunes of the song ‘Bum Bum’ by Yemi Alade.

In an adorable moment, he is then seen hugging his children around the swimming pool at his lavish house.

Ribery wrote: “A father has to do what a father has to do to make his kids happy.”

Yet not everyone was too happy with the happy family post by the French winger, who scored 16 goals in 81 caps for his country.

Some fans took offence to Ribery celebrating a Christian holiday with his kids while he is Muslim.

Netizen ‘don_el_zein’ wrote: “To celebrate like this is Haram [forbidden according to Islam]. You are a Muslim right? Since when do Muslims celebrate Easter like it is our celebration? May Allah put you on the right path.”

And ‘bdr_din’ wrote: “WTF Rebery?? You are a Muslim, what you doing? (sic)”

Ribery responded to the criticism with a social media post that read: “I can already see the ‘Mash Allahs’ [expression of surprise in Arabic] from real Muslims telling me ‘blablabla’ it’s a Catholic holiday when they themselves do 3 2 1 [Champagne glass emojis]
[laughing face emojis]. 

“I wish you a long life [muscle emojis] And ‘hamdulillah’ [‘praise be to Allah’ in Arabic] to
everything and everything that I will do [winking emoji].”

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Koen Berghuis

Editor of DACHS / Benelux desk for Central European News, roving correspondent with a penchant for travel, culture, geopolitics, history and the in-depth story behind the headlines.

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