Salaam dear young friends. Hope you are all fine by the Grace of Almighty Lord. How is everything going on in these semi-cold days? Temperatures cool down during the fall season, but Autumn has got its own beauties.
One of the most stunning signs of autumn is the turning of the leaves. The shorter days are a sign to trees to begin to prepare for winter. During winter there is not enough light for photosynthesis to occur, so as the days shorten throughout autumn, the trees begin to close down their food production systems and reduce the amount of chlorophyll in their leaves.
Chlorophyll is the chemical which makes tree leaves green and as it declines other chemicals become more prominent in the leaves.
These are responsible for the vibrant ambers, reds and yellows of autumn. The chemicals responsible are types of flavonoids, carotenoids and anthocyanins.
Did you know some of these chemicals are the same ones that give carrots (beta-carotenes) and egg yolks (luteins) their colours?
While walking in the streets of Tehran and other cities, we love the turning leaves when they’re still on the trees, it’s fun to scuffle through them once they’ve fallen to the ground, and it’s a treat to see the little ones take running jumps into the leaves their parents have so carefully raked into piles.
Unfortunately, for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to enjoy the beauties of Autumn.
Insha Allah (God-willingly) this year you can enjoy with your families and friends, but you should be careful enough as you all know, the world is being busy battling with different viruses each and every day.
This time influenza and other common flus has put Iran on alert. That is why we need to take precautionary measures and observe the health codes provided by the physicians as they should be our foremost priority.
Your health and your safety are of paramount importance. Use masks when you are in the public and don’t expose yourself to either excessive heat or extreme cold.
So dear youngsters use every precaution to protect yourselves; physically, psychologically, and spiritually, and this way you will safe and sound.
Goodbye and God bless you until we meet again next week.