Examples of the Salaf with Ikhlaas
Ayyub was such that a hadeeth would be narrated to him, which would soften his heart and cause his eyes to shed tears.
So when a tear would come to him, he would wipe his nose saying, ‘What a severe cold!’
He would show that he had a cold in order to hide his crying. (Musnad Ibn al-Ja’d)
A man would be sitting in a gathering, and tears would come to his eyes. He would try to hold them in, but if he felt that he would be unable to, he would stand and leave. (Al-Zuhd by Imam Ahmad).
A man would cry for 20 years, while his wife would not know. (Hilyat al-Awliya).