is hellfire a mercy and a punishment. since allah says his mercy encompasses all things, his mercy precedes his wrath ,and i read a hadith, correct me if im wrong , that theres healing in cauterization, and fire purifies sin. and allah always says heaven is best for those who believe , forgive me for assuming, like hes saying for the rest, hell is best. forgive me for i like to think hellfire is also a mercy to help me think good of allah, because i want to think of him infinitely merciful

Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

In Surah al-Zumar: 9, Allah the Most High says,

أَمَّنْ هُوَ قَانِتٌ آنَاءَ اللَّيْلِ سَاجِدًا وَقَائِمًا يَحْذَرُ الْآخِرَةَ وَيَرْجُو رَحْمَةَ رَبِّهِ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الَّذِينَ يَعْلَمُونَ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ إِنَّمَا يَتَذَكَّرُ أُولُو الْأَلْبَابِ

"How about one who observes prayer throughout the night, prostrating and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord? Say, 'Are those who know and those who do not know equal?' Only those of understanding will take heed."

We hope for His mercy and fear His punishment. Allah is the Almighty Lord of the Worlds.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Yaqub Abdurrahman