Is this narration authentic?
Sayyiduna Abu Bakr entered the presence of the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and sat near him. Thereafter, `Ali ibn Abi Talib requested permission [to enter], and then he [too] entered.
When Abu Bakr saw him, he moved [out of respect] for him.
Upon seeing this, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said to him, “Why did you do this, O Abu Bakr?”
He said, “Out of honour and respect for him, O Messenger of Allah.”
He said, “Only virtuous people recognize other virtuous people.”