I heard a lecture once by a scholar, he said that if one is new to Islam, and does not know what to say during Salat (new to it) then that person can say Tasbeeh in the place of the surahs until they learn them. I would like to know if there are any authentic Ahadith regarding this?
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Since a Muslim should pray right away after converting to Islam, it would be reasonable to say that he or she would be unable to memorize the whole text of the prayer in the same day. However, Allah does not put a burden on anyone that they cannot bare.
Therefore the Prophet(P.B.U.H) instructed new Muslims to learn a short supplication
which they can recite in all their 5 daily prayers.
He should recite the Quran in his native tounge during his Salat's. At the same time, he should try to memorize short Arabic Suras(like Fatiha and Ikhlas). They are not very hard to learn. If he is unwilling to memorize them, he may simply memorize their translation and recite during the Salat. Islam is an easy religion.