Maliks Muwatta Book 53, Hadith Number 5.

Section : General Section on the Greeting.

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ishaq ibn Abdullah ibn Abi Talha that Anas ibn Malik heard Umar ibn al-Khattab return the greeting of a man who greeted him. Then Umar asked the man, “How are you?” He said, “I praise Allah to you.” (Ahmadu ilayka Allah) Umar said, “That is what I wanted from you.”

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