Allah says in Surah Nisa’, ayah 147: “What would Allah do with your punishment if you are grateful and believe? And ever is Allah Appreciative and Knowing.”
A couple of ayahs before this, Allah explains to us how the hypocrites will be in the lowest depth of hell fire, meaning they will suffer a terrible punishment. But then after saying this, Allah talks about the exception. The exception are the people who repented, turned back to Allah, fixed themselves and made their faith sincere for Allah alone. Allah says that these people are the ones who will have a great reward and compensation.
In these ayahs, Allah is addressing all those people who are immersed in sin, those people who feel like they’ve done so much bad, to the point they feel as though they will be doomed to hell and begin to question why Allah would punish them.
Allah then responds to them in this verse by saying: ‘Why do you think Allah wants to punish you?’ Or why would he be interested in punishing you? And then He moves on to say, if only you had just shown a little bit of gratefulness and believed, Allah would appreciate that so much.
In other words, Allah created us so that He could show us His love and Mercy. If only we showed a little bit of faith and gratefulness, Allah would be appreciative of this. In this ayah, Allah is reminding you that He doesn’t want to punish you, His doors of Mercy are wide – stretched and always open, you just need to turn back to Him.
And Allah knows best.