Frank Henry Ribéry was born in 1983 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. He showed a talent for football at the age of 7, so his father enrolled him in a local football club. He went on to become one of the most prominent players in France.
When he was young, he had a car accident resulting in a scar down his face. Ribéry learned about Islam, the Quran and the Prophet (PBUH) through his Muslim friend, Malik. He announced his conversion to Islam and changed his name to Bilal at the height of his athletic career.
After his conversion to Islam, Ribéry married Malik’s sister. His eagerness to fast and pray drove the major European clubs to provide him with halal meals and special rooms for prayer and for reading the Quran. Ribéry later became one of the most famous Muslim players in Europe.